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Canada and Turks and Caicos islands
Canada and Turks and Caicos islands

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This is about the proposed union of Canada with the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean. The proposed Canadian annexation of the Turks and Caicos islands has been an ongoing political discussion between the two nations since a Canadian prime minister (Robert Borden) first proposed the idea at the beginning of the twentieth century. Both Canada and the islands operate under a Westminster system of government and share King Charles III as their head of state, but while Canada is independent, the islands are currently a British overseas territory under the direct sovereignty of the united kingdom. The process would essentially replace the UK with Canada, but the UK has been granting increasing rights to the islands, and interest on Canada’s behalf has been apparently diminishing as well.

It’s unclear how the people of Turks and Caicos would feel about this unification. It was first proposed by  Canada to the UK in 1917 and then resurged as an issue in the 1970s, but it was always Canada wanting the islands and the UK refusing.

“Canada and Turks and Caicos Islands” By Lord of the East - Own work (CC BY-SA 4.0) via Commons Wikimedia


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