Associate membership of EU suggested for Caribbean Islands

Former Saint Lucia Foreign Minister, Rufus Bousquet, has suggested that some Caribbean Islands could seek associate membership of the European Union.

“I have never been averse to the idea of certain Islands, regions or grouping getting together and trying to become associate members,” Bousquet told the Times.

Bousquet declared that he did not think the idea is far fetched.

He made the comments in relation to the ‘Brexit’ vote and the way the Caribbean can respond.

According to Bousquet, the time is long overdue for Caribbean countries to do more thinking “out of the box.”

He suggested that part of the negotiations could involve access to money that the European Central bank is disbursing to support the European Economy.

Bousquet admitted that he did not know all the nuances of putting such a proposal on the table.

“We are already able to travel and I think the Europeans are not entirely indisposed to helping regions such as this,” Bousquet told the Times.


  1. Sad-But-True
    July 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Are you on Coke?

  2. St. Lucian
    July 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Bouquet you are now too much. My goodness. The unfortunate dire political straits you are now in is of your making.

    You gambled your way too much and it has now bAckfired. Unable to cope with a UWP victory and you on the outside.

    You fought sir John then king and then chastanet thinking he would never win.
    Now you in the news every day trying to stay relevant with a begging bowl.
    Politics is not all so move on. Offer your services to some social or voluntAry group.
    Do something charitable.

  3. Anonymous
    July 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    does he know what he is saying? there is a reason why its called EUROPEAN UNION. does that make sense to him? membership is guided by geography. choops. please stop publishing nonsense from these guys who do not know what they talk about.

  4. Karen
    July 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    The European Union is our closest neighbor. The place where most expatriate St. Lucians live and a major trading partner. I for one would like to see free movement between St. Lucia and Martinique.

    1. Anonymous
      July 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      u have no clue. martinique is part of france so thats what makes it part of EU. st lucia is an independent country. we are not part of any EU member, so we cannot be part of EUt both you and bousquet appear to know things only on the surface but dont really understand how these things work.

      1. Mike
        July 7, 2016 at 8:30 am

        Malta and Cyprus both small Commonwealth countries and both part of the EU.

  5. Anonymous
    July 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Hold your ideas bonguet

  6. Anonymous
    July 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    you again? you called the times to interview you just to say let’s do something you admit to not fully understand? OK then

  7. Anonymous
    September 21, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Excellent idea Mr. Bosquet!
    St Lucians need to STOP this ugly way of thinking and speaking, i.e., openly putting others down with insults. This is one of our worst character traits!!!!!!!!
    St Lucia is at the brink of playing a significant role on the international stage, this ugly trait will spoil it for the entire, e.g., openly insulting our leaders (especially our prime minister, whether you like him or not) automatically insults the whole nation. There’s a saying – “Don’t cut off the heads of others just to appear taller than them” it NEVER works, because the dirt you put out ALWAYS falls back on your own head – sooner or later.