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UK Government: No Plans For Order Or Timetable

UK Government: No Plans For Order Or Timetable

The British Government said they “have no plans to introduce an Order-in-Council” as it relates to same sex marriage in Overseas Territories [OTs], and does not plan to “publish such a timetable” to allow UK citizens to vote in OTs. This follows after the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry... Read more of this article

Video: Premier & Lord Ahmad Press Conference

Video: Premier & Lord Ahmad Press Conference

Premier David Burt and British Minister Of State for the Overseas Territories Lord Tariq Ahmad are holding a joint press conference this morning [April 25], and we will have additional coverage later on and in the meantime the live video is below. Update: The live broadcast has concluded and the 11-minute replay is below Related StoriesFamous:... Read more of this article

Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad Visiting

Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad Visiting

Foreign Office Minister Of State for the Overseas Territories Lord Tariq Ahmad is visiting the island. A spokesperson said, “UK Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories Lord [Tariq] Ahmad of Wimbledon will visit Bermuda on the 25th April. “During his visit, the Minister will meet members of the Government including Premier David... Read more of this article

‘UK Encouraged Bermuda To Engage With EU’

‘UK Encouraged Bermuda To Engage With EU’

“The UK has encouraged Bermuda to engage with the EU Commission throughout the process in order to deliver the changes they committed to make in full,” Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General Mel Stride said. This follows after the EU announced that Bermuda has been added to the list of ‘non-cooperative jurisdictions... Read more of this article

MP Questions UK Citizens Being Elected In OTs

MP Questions UK Citizens Being Elected In OTs

A British MP questioned a British Government Minister on the UK Government’s policy on UK nationals running for office in the Overseas Territories, and in response the Minister said that OT governments set their own rules, and noted the recent UK FAC report which suggested all UK citizens be allowed to hold elected office in the OTs saying “we... Read more of this article

MPs Seek To Legislate For Crown Dependencies

MPs Seek To Legislate For Crown Dependencies

Some British MPs continue to seek to pass legislation in relation to the islands, with a cross party amendment yesterday seeking to order the Crown Dependencies to make their beneficial ownership registers public by the end of next year, with the amendment also seeking to reiterate the order for Overseas Territories to do so. However the Bill was pulled... 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

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

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

UK Parliament Votes Against May’s Brexit Deal

UK Parliament Votes Against May’s Brexit Deal

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes, which is reportedly the largest defeat for a sitting UK Government in modern history. “MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March,” the BBC reported. “Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn... 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