Faroe Islands’ Cameron wants offshore oil drilling to be ‘offshore first’
Cameron wants the offshore oil industry to be “offshore” first before drilling for oil on the islands.
Speaking to the BBC in Faroe, Cameron said: “We need to do everything possible to stop offshore first and to get on with drilling offshore first.”
“That is the best way to get a good deal for the British people, and I want that to be the first thing we do,” he added.
The prime minister said he would be meeting the offshore leaders next week to outline a blueprint for the industry’s future in the UK.
He added that the UK government would be keen to see more offshore drilling in the country.
“We need offshore first, but we can’t do it without the support of the offshore community,” he said.
The UK Government wants offshore drilling to start as soon as possible, with the UK as the largest holder of the world’s most abundant oil reserves, and the Faroe islands as a key area for future exploration.
The UK is the world leader in offshore drilling.
Oil and gas firms have said they would welcome the prospect of exploration in the islands, and they have been lobbying hard for a referendum on the issue.
However, the government is likely to be disappointed by the outcome of the referendum, which will be held in 2019.
The British government has long argued that exploration of the islands should take place only in the public interest and only after a full exploration and development licence has been granted.
The Faroe islanders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the UK’s membership of the European Union in 2015, but the UK is not allowed to access the EU’s market.
The islands are also not allowed on British territory, and in March 2018, they were included on the list of EU member states that do not recognise the country as an independent state.
In 2016, the UK decided to withdraw from the EU, but this decision was reversed in May 2019 when it was decided that it was now more advantageous for the UK to remain part of the bloc.
The government also wants to have the Falkland Islands part of an international naval base and to build an oil refinery in the south-west of the Falklands.
Cameron also said that the islands would be included in the Brexit negotiations.
The Falklands will be a place where the British and the British-controlled Falkland islands can be at peace,” he concluded.”
But we also need to work with the rest of the international community to help to make sure that there is a strong relationship between Britain and the Falkas, and that there are other areas that are open to the UK.”
“The Falklands will be a place where the British and the British-controlled Falkland islands can be at peace,” he concluded.