Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica accepts an apology from British Prime Minister, Theresa May, for the unjust treatment of Caribbean nationals who were threatened with deportation from the UK.
Mr. Holness used his address today to the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference to comment on what’s being dubbed by the UK media as the ‘wind rush scandal’.
The scandal centers around a threat by the UK Government to deport thousands of Caribbean nationals who had emigrated to Britain shortly after the end of the Second World war in 1945 on the ship – The Empire Windrush.
Prime Minister May apologized today shortly after she concluded bi-lateral talks with Prime Minister Holness at 10 Downing Street.
The UK Prime Minister then engaged her Jamaican counterpart and 11 other Caribbean leaders in a separate meeting.
During that meeting, she said her administration concedes its treatment of the Caribbean nationals who assisted in building Britain after the war has been unjust.
Prime Minister May said she’d ensure those who lost their jobs or had to pay legal fees to stave off deportation are compensated.
Prime Minister Holness spoke with the BBC while he was flanked by several leaders of other Commonwealth Caribbean countries.
Mr. Holness said during bi-lateral talks he asked the UK Prime Minister how many Caribbean nationals have already been deported.
Prime Minister Holness later drew loud applause from leaders in attendance at the Heads of Government conference when he commented on the immigration row.
And Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, is encouraging Jamaicans who’ve been affected by the Wind Rush controversy and have not had the resolution to contact the Jamaican High Commission in London.
Minister Johnson Smith spoke this afternoon with Nationwide News from London.
Minister Johnson Smith says it’s encouraging that Prime Minister May didn’t just apologize today.