European Union representative for St. Maarten Carol Voges recently chaired an ad hoc executive committee meeting of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) to initiate discussions with OCTA membership on the association’s future post-Brexit.

Most of OCTA’s current members are British overseas territories. Their exit will prompt an array of operational and strategic constraints for the association. In preparation for the ministerial conference in early 2019, the executive committee decided to commission a legal consultant to advise as to the various options available for the continued partnership with the British overseas territories. To start discussions with the member states linked to OCTs, Voges chaired a workshop for representatives of France, the Netherlands, Denmark and OCTs. OCTA informed member states that in early August it will publish its position on the new Overseas Association Decision – the legislative framework that outlines the OCTs’ relationship with the EU. A follow-up meeting between the three member states and OCTs is scheduled for mid-September.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/78716-octa-brexit