Foreign Office publishes results of public consultation on the Overseas Territories

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The Foreign Office has announced the results of the public consultation to inform the development of the Government's new strategy for the Overseas Territories.

Overall the response strongly supported the principles of the new strategy to increase engagement and interaction between the UK and the Territories, to improve the support available to the Territories and to work with them to strengthen good governance arrangements, public financial planning and economic planning.

Commenting on the consultation, Minister for the Overseas Territories Henry Bellingham said:

“I am delighted by the wide-ranging and comprehensive responses we have received from Territory Governments and NGOs on our new strategy for the Overseas Territories. This consultation is an important part of our efforts to reinvigorate the UK’s relationship with the Territories and will help inform our detailed approach due to be set out in a White Paper soon.

“The results underline strong support for continuing close co-operation between the UK and the Territories on many areas, but also highlight some of the challenges that they are currently facing.”