The British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the announcement that The Right Honourable Theresa May MP will assume office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Wednesday evening.
Mrs May has made an unequivocal statement, for the avoidance of doubt, that her policy is that “BREXIT means BREXIT”. She has indicated that she will negotiate a fair arrangement for both the United Kingdom and the European Union, recognising the outcome of the Referendum in Britain last month. So the UK now has stable leadership with a strong message and a clear mandate for a properly negotiated and well-ordered exit from the political structures of the European Union.
The Chamber believes that as well as challenges, new opportunities lie ahead for our traditional trading partners in the Caribbean, with whom there are long-standing and historic links. BCCC is looking forward to working with business and political leaders in the region in determining these.
The caution of OECS regional leaders in assessing what significant changes in the European political structure may mean in terms of the short, medium and long-term is understandable. But the Chamber is confident that it is within the grasp of European governments to embrace the challenge of BREXIT in a well ordered manner with no reason for any of us to take a pessimistic view of the future.
Our essential message is that Britain is not going away and British tourists will continue to see the Caribbean as an attractive and desirable destination. It is the essential quality of the Caribbean tourist industry, based on targeting those with higher than average disposable incomes, which is its greatest strength. It will continue to have a bright future.