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Premier Attends OT Association Meeting In UK

Premier Attends OT Association Meeting In UK

Yesterday Premier David Burt and Minister for the Cabinet Office Walton Brown joined with members of the UK Overseas Territories Association [UKOTA] at a Political Council Meeting in London, as they discussed ”key issues impacting the United Kingdom’s overseas territories.” Premier Burt tweeted the photos below, saying: “I joined... Read more of this article

‘Two Major Weaknesses Of The Legal System’

‘Two Major Weaknesses Of The Legal System’

“Bermuda has a robust court system that upholds and enforces fundamental rights” however “there are two major weaknesses of the legal system in Bermuda [and, presumably, other overseas territories]: access to justice and protection of fundamental rights, particularly for the most vulnerable.” This is according to local lawyers... Read more of this article

Oxfam GB Calls For ‘Global Minimum Tax Rate’

Oxfam GB Calls For ‘Global Minimum Tax Rate’

Oxfam — which describes itself as an international confederation working to fight poverty and injustice — has called for the United Kingdom Government to “work with” the Overseas Territories by “implementing a global minimum effective tax rate.” This came as Oxfam GB submitted written evidence for the British Parliament’s... Read more of this article

BVI: UK Govt Should Do Constitutional Review

BVI: UK Govt Should Do Constitutional Review

“Given the seriousness of recent decisions by the UK Parliament in relation to the OTs, the UK Government should undertake a constitutional review of the relationship between the OTs and the UK with a view to placing the relationship on a more modern and progressive constitutional footing,” the British Virgin Islands Government said. This... Read more of this article

130 OT Citizens Serving In British Armed Forces

130 OT Citizens Serving In British Armed Forces

As of 1 April 2018, there were 130 British Overseas Territory Citizens serving in the regular trained strength of the British Armed Forces. This was stated in yesterday’s sitting of the British Parliament, when Scottish Conservative MP Andrew Bowie asked the Secretary of State for Defence, “with reference to his news release of 5 November Armed... Read more of this article

UK Inquiry Into Territories To Continue On Nov 6

UK Inquiry Into Territories To Continue On Nov 6

The British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into “how the Foreign Office manages its responsibility to ensure the security and stability” of the British Overseas Territories is set to continue with another oral evidence session on Tuesday, November 6th. The witnesses scheduled to appear include British Virgin Islands Government... Read more of this article

Students Urged To Attend Conference In London

Students Urged To Attend Conference In London

Generation Next is encouraging Bermudians studying in the UK to attend the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association [UKOTA] Student Conference 2018 in London on November 3rd, 2018. UKOTA was established by Governments of the UK Overseas Territories on November 2nd, 1994 and the stated purpose of the organization is to promote the interests of... Read more of this article

Column: Bermuda Must Protect Its Interests

Column: Bermuda Must Protect Its Interests

[Opinion column written by David Tavares] After reading the questions and comments made at the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry on the “Future of the UK Overseas Territories”, I recalled reading a letter to the Editor column of the Times published in December 1955. The letter was in response to a letter complaining... Read more of this article

‘Perhaps A Review Of Relations Is Appropriate’

‘Perhaps A Review Of Relations Is Appropriate’

For years there was consensus between the major UK political parties about the Overseas Territories, but that has now changed and the OTs now face a “more hostile and less supportive UK political class,” Dr Peter Clegg said, adding that perhaps a review of relations is appropriate, one which would “offer the Territories more autonomy,... Read more of this article

FCO On Sovereignty, Economy, SSM & More

FCO On Sovereignty, Economy, SSM & More

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office [FCO] submitted written evidence for the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry in to the ‘Future of the UK Overseas Territories’, addressing matters including security, the environment, same sex marriage, hurricane relief, economic stability, sovereignty and more. ‘By Definition OTs... Read more of this article

Cayman Govt’s Submission To UK Committee

Cayman Govt’s Submission To UK Committee

Sufficient safeguards should be put in place to protect the Cayman Islands and the wider British Overseas Territory family from “future constitutional overreach by the Houses of Parliament,” the Cayman Islands Government said. “In view of the actions taken by the UK Parliament to amend the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018... Read more of this article

Video: Fergusson Speaks To British Committee

Video: Fergusson Speaks To British Committee

“Bermudians think of themselves as Bermudians” and “becoming more legislatively connected with Britain would cause unease” and “Bermuda meets OECD standards pretty comfortably” and “has a record it can be quite proud of in that respect.” These were some of the comments made by former Governor of Bermuda... Read more of this article

Bob Richards On UK & Bermuda Relationship

Bob Richards On UK & Bermuda Relationship

The British Parliament “passed legislation that clearly violates” the Bermuda Constitution, the FCO “continuously succumbs to the stereotyping of the Territories,” and Bermuda has been “early adopters of all the evolving global standards of tax and beneficial ownership information sharing.” These were some of the... Read more of this article