St Kitts and Nevis: Leader of Opposition meets British High Commissioner

Scott Furssedonn-Wood, the British High Commissioner to the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, met with Dr Denzil L. Douglas, the Leader of the Opposition.

Basseterre: On Monday, February 7th, Scott Furssedonn-Wood, the British High Commissioner to the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, met with Dr Denzil L. Douglas, the Leader of the Opposition.

Dr Douglas greeted Furssendonn-Wood, the new British High Commissioner, on his first in-person visit since his appointment in April of last year, and briefed him on Federation events.

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During their conversation, the High Commissioner and Dr Douglas discussed St Kitts and Nevis’ economic and financial challenges, as well as the global impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They also discussed the UK’s ties with St Kitts and Nevis and the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme.

Dr Douglas brought several political issues to the attention of the British diplomat, including the holding of general elections amid the State of Emergency, during which the opposition and electorate were forced to lockdowns and curfews. At the same time, candidates of the incumbent coalition parties were able to move around freely, anomalies in the conduct of the June 5 2020 general elections. He also emphasised the importance of drawing new electoral boundaries for the 2025 election, which is required by law.

Dr. Douglas also told the British diplomat about his previous St Kitts-Nevis Labour government’s attempts to change the boundaries and make them equal according to the constitution and how court challenges have thwarted those efforts. He also emphasised that the Team Unity construct has refused to establish the Public Accounts Committee, which should have been appointed following our National Assembly’s first session in July 2020.