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UK Minister: Not Appropriate To Block Legislation

UK Minister: Not Appropriate To Block Legislation

“We are obviously disappointed about the removal of same-sex marriage in Bermuda,” British Minister of State Harriett Baldwin said, adding that the UK Secretary of State decided “it would not be appropriate to use the power to block legislation, which can only be used where there is a legal or constitutional basis for doing so, and... Read more of this article

Transcription: UK Debate On SSM In Bermuda

Transcription: UK Debate On SSM In Bermuda

“The Government are giving careful consideration to Bermuda’s Domestic Partnership Bill in order to assess its implications in relation to our collective international obligations and our constitutional relationship with Bermuda,” Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan said in the British House of Commons. “We are obviously... Read more of this article

Full Video: Debate In UK On SSM In Bermuda

Full Video: Debate In UK On SSM In Bermuda

[Updated] The Adjournment Debate in British House of Commons on same sex marriage in Bermuda is scheduled to place place today [Jan 29], with MP Chris Bryant due to speak on the matter; with the Labour MP having already made his position clear, previously asking that the UK Minister to “tell the Bermudian Parliament very firmly ‘no way, we are... Read more of this article

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

UK MPs: Debate Same Sex Marriage In Bermuda

UK MPs: Debate Same Sex Marriage In Bermuda

British MPs are set to debate “same sex marriage in Bermuda” during an Adjournment Debate on Monday [Jan 29] in the House of Commons. The “upcoming business” section for the Commons Main Chamber lists the debate and Labour MP Chris Bryant’s name, with Mr Bryant having already made his position clear, previously asking that... 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

Video: UK Minister Questioned On Bermuda Bill

Video: UK Minister Questioned On Bermuda Bill

“Will the Governor sign it on the British Government’s behalf or not,” was one of the questions faced by British Commonwealth Minister Lord Ahmad as he appeared before the British Foreign Affairs select committee and answered questions about Bermuda’s Domestic Partnership Act. Bill Passed In December, Sent To Governor The Domestic Partnerships... Read more of this article

British MP Questions Domestic Partnership Bill

British MP Questions Domestic Partnership Bill

The Bermudian Parliament is “begging the Foreign Secretary to allow it to cancel same-sex marriage, which is an entirely retrograde step,” British MP Chris Bryant said while speaking in the British Parliament, with the MP asking will the UK Minister make “sure that the Government tell the Bermudian Parliament very firmly ‘no... Read more of this article

Daily Mail: Johnson “Under Pressure” On Bill

Daily Mail: Johnson “Under Pressure” On Bill

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is “under pressure to veto a ban on same-sex marriage on the British overseas territory of Bermuda,” the UK’s Mail on Sunday is reporting. “For the law to take effect, it requires the signature of British Governor John Rankin, which is normally a formality. Before the Governor can ‘withhold... Read more of this article

Councillor In Bermuda During Grenfell Fire

Councillor In Bermuda During Grenfell Fire

Elizabeth Campbell, the leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, did not attend a national memorial for victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, following a request from bereaved families. Mrs. Campbell, who has been criticized for being ‘out of touch’ with the tower block’s residents, revealed she was on holiday in Bermuda when the... Read more of this article

Premier Burt On Joint Council Meeting In UK

Premier Burt On Joint Council Meeting In UK

“Our approach of high level engagement in the UK is the right and most effective one,” Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt said after his recent trip to the UK where he attended the Joint Ministerial Council,  held other meetings and signed the United Kingdom – Bermuda Country by Country Competent Authority Agreement. Speaking... 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

Govt Responds To UK Labour Leader’s Statement

Govt Responds To UK Labour Leader’s Statement

The Bermuda Government said they note the statement today by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn in UK Parliament, which the Government said was “misinformed,” noting that Appleby Global “is not Bermuda based,” and also stating that “Bermuda was recently confirmed by the French Government as a ‘whitelisted’ jurisdiction... Read more of this article