CCJ To Decide Whether Antigua And Others Can Opt Out Of Free Movement


Whether countries can opt out of a decision of CARICOM when it comes to widening the classes of people entitled to work and move within the region is the crux of a hearing before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The court has been asked by CARICOM to give an historic advisory opinion in relation to the matter based on its decision to give special consideration to St Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda, to opt out of the move to expand the classes of people who can move and work freely in the region to include agricultural workers and security guards.

The five-member CCJ panel heard from several legal teams, including those for CARICOM, Barbados, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. The court will reconvene today.

The hearing for further directions on the first advisory opinion is being sought to determine whether a member state can lawfully opt out of a decision of the Conference of the Heads of Government, and whether the nationals of those member states which opt out can still derive the benefits of having their citizens work in the other states.



  1. Popa JESUS ….PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE give these 2 small twin islands historic justice to STOP BIG ISLANDS FREE MOVEMENT under CARICOM …

    THESE BIG ISLANDS HAS DONE NOTHING FOR BOTH TWIN ISLANDS NOT 1 dammmmmm ting but corrupt…. over populate the islands ……they dnt ENHANCE ANTIGUA more like useless ornaments to the island…

    PlEASE POPA JESUS….give us justice in our own country

  2. I agree with @VODKA, Antigua cannot cope with the excess population. The PM (who is all about personal money and selling overpriced gas) does not seem to care less that Antigua has been turned into a dirty, polluted and overcrowded ghetto. One thing that can be guaranteed is that tourists will stop coming here and cruise ships will continue to cancel global ports controlled unsightly Antigua from their itineraries!

  3. Is this our own lil brexit happening here ? I didnt know we wanted to opt out of Free Movement. Where the hell was I ?

  4. I have never been a fan of CARICOM. I just never saw the benefit to us. Larger islands still all about themselves and snapping up opportunities for themselves. I am a fan of the OECS though and think this should always be our priority.

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