Jamaica: Republicanism

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 13th September 2022.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on UK and Jamaica relations of Jamaica's intention to become a Republic.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)

The decision on whether to become a Republic is one for Jamaica and its people. It is for all Realms to decide their own constitutional arrangements. We have a close relationship with Jamaica, with strong historical connections, friendly people-to-people links, a shared language and legal system. A large share of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's (FCDO) current £400 million multi-country Caribbean programme is invested in Jamaica. We cherish our modern partnership based on common values, shared prosperity, the rules-based international system and close collaboration on climate change deepened through our mutual participation as members of the Commonwealth and look forward to it going from strength to strength.

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