Foreign Office: Slavery reparations 'not the answer'

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has said reparations to Caribbean countries for the legacy of the slave trade are "not the answer".

An FCO spokesperson told ITV News that the Government sees slavery as "amongst the most dishonourable and abhorrent chapters in the history of humanity.

But they were clear the Government was opposed to reparation payments, saying:

“We do not see reparations as the answer. Instead, we should concentrate on identifying ways forward with a focus on the shared global challenges that face our countries in the twenty-first century.”

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Caribbean countries ask UK for slave trade reparations

The UK is among European countries facing claims from Caribbean countries over the legacy of the slave trade. A lawyer representing the group of countries has told ITV News they will present their case as early as next month.