Premier Burt Continues Talks With UK Officials

October 12, 2017 | 26 Comments

Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt continued a busy week of talks as he met with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London.

“The Premier completed meetings with European Union and OECD representatives in Brussels and Paris and spent today actively engaged with UK Ministers and other officials discussing various matters of importance to Bermuda,” the Government said.

“The courtesy call on the Foreign Secretary was an opportunity to brief him on Government’s objective to attract foreign investment and uphold Bermuda’s international reputation.

“The Premier received full support that the UK Government would encourage Bermuda to maintain and grow its financial services industry and support other sectors in economic diversification.

The Premier with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson:

Premier David Burt in UK Bermuda October 12 2017 (1)

“The Premier also met with Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon who has responsibilities for Overseas Territories.

“A wide range of issues were discussed, including an agenda for the upcoming Joint Ministerial Council in November; Disaster Relief with respect to hurricane-affected UK territories for their long term sustainability; and, UK commitments of aid to those affected.

“The Premier also gave notice of his government’s initiatives to address the social and economic challenges in Bermuda such as education and health.

“At the HM Treasury he sat down with the Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary responsible for Corporate Taxation.

Premier Burt with with Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Premier David Burt in UK Bermuda October 12 2017 (2)

“The Premier confirmed Bermuda’s leading position in financial services in areas of upholding levels of international transparency and cooperation. The Premier invited the UK to keep Bermuda abreast of activities in the EU where it relates to BREXIT and our financial services industry.

“And while at the Home Office he met with the Director General for UK Visas & Immigration and HM Passport Office, Mark Thomson. The Premier expressed great concern about Bermuda’s passport issue with the US.

“The Bermuda Government will continue to engage with the UK Government on this issue as a matter of priority until the situation is resolved by the UK Government.

“The Premier’s trip concludes tomorrow with a number of interviews with financial journalists to discuss Bermuda’s financial sector.”

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  1. aceboy says:

    “The Premier expressed great concern about Bermuda’s passport issue with the US.”

    What issue was that?

    • Zevon says:

      Yeah I’m sure they give a crap about his whining.

    • Bermudian Patriot says:

      Well, look at the photo op, Lord Ahmad never took down his book of flags and countries. He hadn’t a clue where or what we are, and his aides had to scramble to find out, PRICELESS!

    • Bermudian Patriot says:

      Well, look at the photo op, Lord Ahmad never took down his book of flags and countries. He hadn’t a clue where or what we are, and his aides had to scramble to find out, PRICELESS!!

    • Beenthere says:

      Damned if you do and damned if you don’t!

    • Beenthereanddoneit says:

      Please stop therhetorical questions. Not helpful.

  2. somuchless says:

    Burt, when you return and go through customs make sure you declare ya travel expenses so we can see.

  3. therock says:

    “Burt, when you return and go through customs make sure you declare ya travel expenses so we can see.”

    MPs are exempt from customs.

    • Rich says:

      I thought it was only Ministers who can avoid the regular lines. And even then, I don’t think this means they are exempt from making declarations. They just can do it all in comfort away from the rabble.

  4. puzzled says:

    Ewart Jr.
    Enjoy the ride Bermuda.

  5. Joey says:

    Did u announce to the UK that u are a regressive party and anti equality and want to be the first country to make SSM legal and then reverse it lol what a joke

  6. Hello says:

    How much is this trip costing us?? It’s been a week already, so enlighten us!

  7. Tide watcher says:

    Hey look, Boris combed his hair.

  8. Pooh Bear says:

    Boris – “Oh, hello. Who are you again?”
    Burt – “Why I’m the Rt Hon Justice Lord Burt of Bermuda!”
    Boris – “Ah, I see. How nice for you.”
    Burt – “I’m here to impart to you the greatest of concerns for the travel potential for the citizens of my country.”
    Boris – “Oh, hello. Who are you again?”

  9. Kermit says:

    What happened to the green tie???

  10. Proud to be Bermudian says:

    Mr. Burt what a tremendous experience you are having representing our Island.
    I encourage you to continue to do your best, and don’t read/listen to the negativity.
    We are so ready to “complain”. Let’s encourage this young man – he’s not perfect, but I believe he is trying. Give him a chance. The election was just on July 18th.

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