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Cayman: ‘Akin To An Attempt To Take Over’

Cayman: ‘Akin To An Attempt To Take Over’

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin denounced a suggestion from the UK Foreign Affairs Committee that British citizens to be able to vote and run for office in the Overseas Territories, with the Cayman Premier saying it is “akin to an attempt to take over the territory.” This is according to a report in the Cayman Compass, which said,... Read more of this article

‘Unwarranted, Unjustified Attempt At Intervention’

‘Unwarranted, Unjustified Attempt At Intervention’

“Be it resolved that this Honourable House rejects the unwarranted and unjustified attempt at intervention into Bermuda’s domestic affairs and calls on the UK Government to reject the Report and its retrograde recommendations.” This is from a notice of a Motion to given in the House of Assembly by Premier David Burt which follows after... Read more of this article

‘OBA Will Support Efforts To Resist Imposition’

‘OBA Will Support Efforts To Resist Imposition’

Following the suggestion from the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee that British residents should be allowed to vote in Bermuda, Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier said he agrees with the comments by Premier Burt and the “OBA will support efforts to resist this imposition” as “Bermuda’s future should be dictated by... Read more of this article

Premier Burt: ‘We Will Strenuously Resist”

Premier Burt: ‘We Will Strenuously Resist”

Following a British committee recommending the Overseas Territories “ensure that there is a pathway for all resident UK and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in territory,” the Premier said “we will strenuously resist” as “to suggest that non-Bermudians should have the right... Read more of this article

Cayman HRC Call For Same Sex Union Laws

Cayman HRC Call For Same Sex Union Laws

“Immediate steps should be taken to introduce legislation to recognise same-sex unions and to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the Cayman Islands as a matter of the greatest importance.” That was the view expressed by the Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission in their submission to the British Parliament’s... Read more of this article

PAC To Welcome Clerk From UK Parliament

PAC To Welcome Clerk From UK Parliament

A clerk from the UK Parliament will be visiting the island, where he will “work alongside the Clerk of the PAC in the Bermuda Parliament and other relevant stakeholders.” According to the announcement from the CPA UK,, “The Bermuda Public Accounts Committee [PAC] will welcome a clerk from the UK Parliament from 4-15 February 2019. “The... Read more of this article

UK MPs Discuss OT Public Register Law Again

UK MPs Discuss OT Public Register Law Again

British MPs continue to discuss the plans to enforce legislation passed in British Parliament to order Overseas Territories  to make their beneficial ownership registers public, with the latest discussion occurring on January 28th. Over the past few months there appears to have been a substantial increase in discussions about the Overseas Territories... Read more of this article

FCO: Preparing OTs For Possible No Deal Brexit

FCO: Preparing OTs For Possible No Deal Brexit

The FCO has been working “to seek to ensure that the UK Government and the Overseas Territories themselves are as prepared as possible for the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and that, wherever possible, impacts on Overseas Territories are minimised.” This statement was made by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office  earlier... Read more of this article

UK MP Brings Up ‘Sanction Of Direct Rule’ Again

UK MP Brings Up ‘Sanction Of Direct Rule’ Again

British Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable has again brought up the concept of instituting direct rule over the British Overseas Territories, asking the Minister whether he agrees that if the Territories “will not reform we should resort to the sanction of direct rule.” This is not the first time the British politician has mentioned... Read more of this article

British MPs Complain About Registers ‘Delays’

British MPs Complain About Registers ‘Delays’

British MPs have complained about ‘delays’ in the UK’s plans to force Overseas Territories — including Bermuda — to make their beneficial registers public, according to a report from The Guardian. Last year, the British Parliament invoked their power to pass legislation which seeks to allow them to order the Overseas Territories... Read more of this article

Video: UK On SSM, Belongers, Public Registers

Video: UK On SSM, Belongers, Public Registers

The law passed by the UK aiming to have Overseas Territories make their beneficial ownership registers public, the Territories citizenship polices, same sex marriage, and Brexit were among the topics discussed at the most recent hearing of the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry. Over the past few weeks, the Committee has been... Read more of this article

Cayman Islands Seeking Constitutional Changes

Cayman Islands Seeking Constitutional Changes

The Cayman Islands has presented the UK with proposed constitutional changes and now await the UK’s response, Cayman Premier Alden McLaughlin said, explaining that they seek “safeguards” to confirm that the UK “will not seek to legislate, directly or indirectly for the Cayman Islands without, at a minimum, consultation with... Read more of this article

UK MPs Continue To Discuss OT’s Registers

UK MPs Continue To Discuss OT’s Registers

The topic of enforcing the UK’s legislation for the British Overseas Territories, including Bermuda, to make their beneficial ownership registers public continues to be discussed in British Parliament and Committees.According to the Hansard for Thursday, Baroness Stern asked “what technical assistance will be provided to the British Overseas... Read more of this article