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Famous: ‘Forced To Accept Rules Of An Empire’

Famous: ‘Forced To Accept Rules Of An Empire’

Citing the phrase often attributed to Paul Revere that “the British are coming,” MP Chris Famous noted the recent legislation in UK Parliament which seeks to force Overseas Territories to create a public register, as well as the recent debate about the UK taking steps regarding same-sex marriage in Overseas Territories, and said Bermudians... Read more of this article

UK Committee Inquiry Into Overseas Territories

UK Committee Inquiry Into Overseas Territories

The British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee will be conducting an inquiry into “how the Foreign Office manages its responsibility to ensure the security and stability” of the British Overseas Territories. This is according to a statement on the UK Parliament’s official website which said, “How the Foreign Office... Read more of this article

Video: House Of Lords Discuss SSM In Territories

Video: House Of Lords Discuss SSM In Territories

British politicians continue to discuss same-sex marriage in British Overseas Territories, with the matter raised in the House of Lords yesterday [July 23] with the British Government asked “what steps they are taking to enable citizens to enter into a same-sex marriage in British Overseas Territories.”The question from Baroness Barker in... Read more of this article

UK MP: ‘Ending Tax Secrecy Will Bring In £10B’

UK MP: ‘Ending Tax Secrecy Will Bring In £10B’

“Ending tax secrecy in the overseas territories will bring in £10 billion a year,” a British MP claimed during a recent sitting of British Parliament. Shadow Minister Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Helen Goodman said, “Ending tax secrecy in the overseas territories will bring in £10 billion a year. Will the Chancellor organise... Read more of this article

Minister Roban’s Trip To England Cost $5,060

Minister Roban’s Trip To England Cost $5,060

A trip in June 2018 by Deputy Premier and Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban to London to attend meetings with Britain and the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council cost $5,060, according to a recent listing on the Government’s travel webpage. The trip duration was listed as from June 12, 2018 – June 15, 2018,... Read more of this article

MP Famous: OT’s Must Speak With One Voice

MP Famous: OT’s Must Speak With One Voice

MP Chris Famous, who was in Cayman for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Forum, told a Cayman news outlet that “as British Overseas Territories, we must speak with one voice.” Cayman 27′s website said, “When it comes to seeking changes on areas where British Overseas Territories and Great Britain disagree, like public... Read more of this article

Cayman’s Governor ‘Temporarily Withdrawn’

Cayman’s Governor ‘Temporarily Withdrawn’

Cayman’s Governor Anwar Choudhury “has been temporarily withdrawn from his post as Governor of the Cayman Islands to allow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to investigate a number of complaints against him.” This is according to the official Cayman Government website, which cited Cayman Premier Alden McLaughlin as saying, “I was... Read more of this article

Deputy Premier In Overseas Territories Talks

Deputy Premier In Overseas Territories Talks

Deputy Premier and Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban is representing Bermuda for meetings with the UK and the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council [JMC] in the United Kingdom. The Deputy Premier and Bermuda’s London Office Director and Representative in the UK, Kimberley Durrant, are attending the UK-OT JMC focused... Read more of this article

“No Change To Long Standing Official Position”

“No Change To Long Standing Official Position”

“There is no change to the long standing official position,” Government House said following Premier David Burt’s comments on independence, with Government House citing the 2012 White Paper on Overseas Territories [PDF] which said “any decision to sever the constitutional link between the UK and a Territory should be on the basis... Read more of this article

Premier Joins Call With UK Prime Minister

Premier Joins Call With UK Prime Minister

[Updated] Premier David Burt, this afternoon [May 24] joined other OT leaders on a 35 minute phone conversation with UK Prime Minister Theresa May about the UK Parliament’s vote on imposing a public register of beneficial ownership on Overseas Territories.The Premier said, “During the call, I restated the Government of Bermuda’s position: this... Read more of this article

Reminder: BOTC Bermuda Passport Holders

Reminder: BOTC Bermuda Passport Holders

The Department of Immigration today [May 23] issued the following reminder to all British Overseas Territories Citizen [BOTC] Bermuda passport holders.Do not book/confirm travel plans unless you have a valid passportGenerally, passports with a validity of six months or more may be used for travel before there is a requirement to apply for a new... Read more of this article

Bermudians Attend Commonwealth Youth Forum

Bermudians Attend Commonwealth Youth Forum

Bermudians, Ryan Robinson Perinchief and Russell Lister recently attended the 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum [CYF], organised as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting [CHOGM]. A spokesperson said, “As Bermuda’s representatives, Mr. Robinson Perinchief and Mr. Lister put forward a motion to amend the Commonwealth Youth Council [CYC]... Read more of this article

Government House Comment On UK Register Bill

Government House Comment On UK Register Bill

“The UK will continue to seek to work closely with Overseas Territories and to use its best endeavours diplomatically and with international partners,” Government House said “including through multilateral fora [such as the G20, FATF and the OECD] to promote public registers of company beneficial ownership as the global standard.” Background A... Read more of this article