Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s Statement on Hurricane Irma after COBR Meeting
11 September 2017
Hi, folks, Boris Johnson.
I’ve just chaired COBRA on the continuing crisis in the Caribbean and I want to say to all those – you [who] have friends and families and loved ones in the Caribbean, the British Overseas Territories; Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands that have been so badly affected by the recent hurricanes that they remain absolutely uppermost in our thoughts.
We are continuing to send in more police, you’ve already got 700 troops in the area. We’re seeing confidence now starting to rise, people getting back to normal. I really congratulate the governors and the governments of those areas and in what they are doing.
But I want you to be in no doubt that we are continuing to work around the clock on all these issues. Any consular problems that you know of, please get on to our helpline (0) 20 7008 0000. I think I have got it right. Dial that…dial that number, we will make sure that you get an answer.
And in the meantime, we’re staffing up on St Maarten where there have been some, some consular issues so far, but I’m absolutely confident that those wonderful islands are going to get through this. We are going to help them get back on their feet, and the U.K. is with them for the long term.