The United Workers Party (UWP) says Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit owes an apology to Dominicans and their families in the United Kingdom.
Prime Minister Skerrit recently blamed Dominicans visiting their families in the UK for the British Government’s recent announcement of possible visa restrictions on Dominicans entering the UK from Dominica.
Skerrit cautioned Dominican travelers that they should not pretend to visit their relatives in the UK, when in fact they are seeking employment and illegal residence.
But leader of the UWP Ron Green said Prime Minister Skerrit is using that matter as a cover up.
“The statements are inaccurate and bordering on reckless and are causing much embarrassment to the Dominican people here at home and in the UK,” Green said.
Green said by now Skerrit should have available the information pertaining to Dominicans visiting their families in the UK and overstaying.
“He should therefore be fully aware that the incidents of Dominicans visiting their families in the UK, giving false information or overstaying are minimal and are not what concern the British Government. Prime Minister Skerrit has an obligation to correct the records and to apologize to the Dominican people, whom he has so deeply offended by his remarks,” Green said.
According to him, Prime Minister Skerrit should withdraw his statements and apologize to Dominicans both here and in the UK “and to inform the Dominican population of the real reasons why the British Government is now threatening to impose visa restrictions,”
“Prime Minister Skerrit is also fully aware that many of the concerns of the British Government arise out of government’s issuance of Dominican Diplomatic and general passports to persons of ill repute who have been associated with the Dominica Labour Party government and who may be involved in money laundering and other criminal activities,” Green said.
Green has also called on the government to let the Dominican people know what steps that it will be taking to remedy the situation and restore the British Governments confidence in Dominican passports “so that they do not impose visas on us”.