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Lords Vote ‘No’ On Public Register For OTs

Lords Vote ‘No’ On Public Register For OTs

The UK’s House of Lords voted down a proposal that would have called for six British Overseas Territories, including Bermuda, to implement a publicly-accessible register of beneficial ownership by January, 2020. One report said, “The vote took place during a debate on a proposed Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, of which the plan to... Read more of this article

Video: British MPs Discuss UN & Decolonization

Video: British MPs Discuss UN & Decolonization

The United Nations Committee on Decolonization was discussed during a recent meeting of the British Foreign Affairs Committee, with questions raised as to what is being done to remove the ten British Overseas Territories — including Bermuda — from the list of “Non-Self-Governing Territories.” While the subject of the House of... Read more of this article

Report: EU To Target Territories In Brexit Talks

Report: EU To Target Territories In Brexit Talks

Demands to open up Britain’s “network of overseas tax havens are set to be used by the EU as leverage to force concessions during Brexit trade talks,” according to a report from the Independent, which stated that “as things stand it looks like Bermuda will be given a clean bill of health by the EU.” The story said, “Demands... Read more of this article

Column: Should OTs Vote In UK Parliament?

Column: Should OTs Vote In UK Parliament?

[Opinion column written by Anthony D C Webber] Leading Conservative MP calls for key changes in British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories’ relationships with the UK government. Andrew Rosindell says it is time that all British Territories are treated as being equal partners in the British family. He has argued for all territories to be dealt... Read more of this article

Column: Why Just Gibraltar At Conference?

Column: Why Just Gibraltar At Conference?

[Opinion column written by Anthony D C Webber] Why did just Gibraltar attend the Democratic Unionist Party [DUP] conference? No Bermuda…? DUP in a position to exert more influence on UK government- should they decide to do so. Gibraltar attends and stands up for its interests, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have limited abilities... Read more of this article

Overseas Territories & UK Meeting Communique

Overseas Territories & UK Meeting Communique

This week the Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt, attended the Joint Ministerial Council [JMC] meetings in London, and at the conclusion of the meetings the attendees released a communique giving an overview of their discussions. Self Determination The communique said, “The principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, as... Read more of this article

Premier & OT Leaders Meet With Prime Minister

Premier & OT Leaders Meet With Prime Minister

This morning [Nov 28] Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt, together with leaders of other Overseas Territories, held a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. “During the meeting the leaders discussed disaster relief recovery, specifically the two hurricanes which ravaged islands this summer,” a Government spokesperson said, “The... Read more of this article

Premier Attends Special Meeting Of OT Leaders

Premier Attends Special Meeting Of OT Leaders

The devastation caused by hurricanes in the Caribbean was the topic of discussion this weekend for Premier David Burt, who flew to Miami for a Special Meeting of the Caribbean Overseas Territories, involving leaders of Caribbean countries discussing the regional effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Premier Burt was accompanied by Secretary to the... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Govt Funds Governor’s Uniform

UK Parliament: Govt Funds Governor’s Uniform

Who pays for the uniforms worn by the Governors of British Overseas Territories was discussed in UK Parliament this week, with Minister of State stating that since 2001, the policy “has been that those Territories wishing to keep their ceremonial uniforms pay for them themselves,” and currently the “Governors of Bermuda and Falkland... Read more of this article

Premier Burt To Attend Meeting Of OT Leaders

Premier Burt To Attend Meeting Of OT Leaders

The devastation caused by hurricanes in the Caribbean will be front and centre in discussions this weekend for Premier David Burt, who will fly to Miami for a Special Meeting of the Caribbean Overseas Territories, where leaders will discuss the regional effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Premier Burt will be accompanied by Secretary to the Cabinet... Read more of this article

Column: Brexit’s Impact On Overseas Territories

Column: Brexit’s Impact On Overseas Territories

[Opinion column written by Paul Hare] When the Brexit referendum result was announced last June, I was working on the Turks and Caicos Islands, one of the UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean. A collection of about 40 tropical islands, of which eight are inhabited, people there were shocked at the result. They were annoyed they hadn’t had... Read more of this article

‘Call On UK To Commit Immediate Resources’

‘Call On UK To Commit Immediate Resources’

On behalf of the Leaders of the Overseas Territories, in his capacity as President of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association [UKOTA], the Premier of Bermuda David Burt has “expressed deep concern and sympathies for all those affected by Hurricane Irma, and other current related developments.” Multiple British Overseas Territories... Read more of this article

Overseas Territories Discuss The Environment

Overseas Territories Discuss The Environment

Minister of the Environment Sylvan Richards joined representatives from 12 other UK Overseas Territories [UKOTs] and Crown Dependencies [CDs] on the Channel Island of Alderney. Designates came together from as far afield as Pitcairn and the British Virgin Islands on 27 and 28 April to discuss the future of the environment in their jurisdictions. The... Read more of this article