Chris Carnegy meets Lord Cameron at JMC

Tristan helps shape new Political Declaration

Report and photos from Tristan UK Government Representative Chris Carnegy

14th November 2023 saw Tristan da Cunha take a leading role in shaping the future relationship between the UK and the Overseas Territories.

Chris Carnegy (second right) with Governor  Nigel Phillips (centre) and fellow delegates
from the UK Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

The Joint Ministerial Council in London focused on negotiating a new Political Declaration, intended to set the tone for the future relationship between the OTs and the UK. It was gratifying to hear officials acknowledge the substantial input Tristan had already had into the Declaration, and to be able to negotiate some further improvements on the spot. We are optimistic that the eventual Declaration will be good for Tristan da Cunha, and will recognise the Tristan jurisdiction in its own right. It's hoped that it will be published at the end of the month.

At the ready: Chris' place alongside the
Tristan da Cunha flag in the Locarno Suite at the FCDO.

Chris with UK Overseas Territories Minister David Rutley.

Chris meets Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron on his second day in office.

Lord David Cameron, newly appointed as the UK's Foreign Secretary, paid a brief visit. I was able to give him greetings from Tristan, and he spoke warmly about TdC’s participation in the Blue Belt.