UK MP Steve Baker pictured in Whitehall in January 2020. (Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA)
SHARLENE RAMPERSAD

UK Member of Parliament Steve Baker has issued an appeal to the Trinidad and Tobago Government to repatriate its citizens stranded in the UK.

Speaking in the UK Parliament on Wednesday, Baker (MP for Wycombe) said there are T&T citizens in his constituency who have been burning through their savings, as they desperately await repatriation.

T&T’s borders have been closed since the end of March, and thousands of citizens who were caught outside when the lockdown went into effect have been appealing for an exemption to come home.

While the repatriation process is ongoing, many of those who are stranded say it is not going quickly enough.

Some have been stranded for over six months.

Baker, when given his opportunity to put questions to the ministers from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), asked what was being done to assist T&T citizens stranded in the UK.

“I’ve got Trinidad and Tobago residents or citizens in my constituency burning through their savings, really terrified about failing to get home to protect their homes and businesses from approaching severe weather. Can I ask the Minister to join me in calling on Trinidad and Tobago to make sure their citizens get home? I think it’s our common humanity to enable people to return home to protect their homes,” Baker said.

Wendy Morton MP, Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

In her response, Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas at the FCDO, Wendy Morton MP, advised stranded citizens to contact the T&T High Commissioner in London:

“The FCDO has alerted the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission to cases of stranded Trinidad and Tobago nationals that we have been made aware of, and suggested affected individuals contact the High Commission directly.”

It is also important to say that we are in regular contact with our counterparts in Trinidad and Tobago,” Minister Morton said.

(This is a developing story and it will be updated as more information comes to hand.)