#Cayman Islands, May 09, 2018 – George Town –
WHEREAS the United Kingdom BREXIT referendum results announced on the morning of 24th June 2016, showed that 51.9% of those who voted were in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union;
AND WHEREAS on the 29th day of March 2017, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in a letter to the President of the European Council, in accordance with article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union (Treaty of Lisbon), announced the United Kingdoms’ intention to withdraw from the European Union;
AND WHEREAS there is much speculation with regard to what the long-term implications of BREXIT will be for the Commonwealth nations, with many of the Small Island Developing States of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region finding themselves unable to offer very little assurance to their residents and citizens that their partnership with the other Commonwealth nations, in particular the United Kingdom, will guarantee that their concerns regarding BREXIT will be given equal priority to those of the United Kingdom;
AND WHEREAS the Commonwealth is a global organization of states which share common histories, cultures, values, beliefs and languages and are largely unified as partners who wish to continue to work together to increase the cooperation and global positioning of their member states, and ensuring sustainable economic, social and political development;
AND WHEREAS the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings provided an opportunity for the Commonwealth to redefine its relationships between member states promoting trade, finance, tourism, agriculture, education and other mutually beneficial partnerships; reinvigorating the Commonwealth and ensuring that talent, goods and capital can move unhindered between Commonwealth nations;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regional Youth Parliament calls upon the Governments of the States and Territories of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region to affirm the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the European Union.
Dated 23rd April 2018