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UK Parliament: British MPs Vote To Delay Brexit

UK Parliament: British MPs Vote To Delay Brexit

British MPs voted in favor of delaying the Brexit process in UK Parliament today, with British lawmakers agreeing to delay their exit from the European Union, which was originally scheduled to take place on March 29th. This comes after British MPs rejected the UK leaving the EU without a deal by 321 to 278 votes on Wednesday, and MPs voting against... Read more of this article

Column: UK MPs Vote Against No-Deal Brexit

Column: UK MPs Vote Against No-Deal Brexit

[Opinion column written by Christoph Meyer] Parliament has voted against leaving the European Union without “a deal”. Having lost a second vote on her withdrawal agreement on March 12, May agreed to let MPs vote on whether they would accept leaving the EU without a deal on March 13. They voted 321 to 278 against no deal under any circumstances. Some... 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

Video: Voting & Belongers Panel Discussion

Video: Voting & Belongers Panel Discussion

[Updated with video] Bernews will be hosting a News & Views panel discussion at around noon on Wednesday [March 6] with Peter Sanderson, Craig Cannonier, and Cordell Riley set to discuss the suggestions from the British Foreign Affairs Committee which included extending voting rights to UK citizens that live in Bermuda, belongers, immigration and... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Clear Sign Of New Age Colonialism’

Column: ‘Clear Sign Of New Age Colonialism’

[Opinion column written by MP Chris Famous] “Every time I hear the crack of the whip my blood run cold.” - Bob Marley On Wednesday February 20th, 2019, the United Kingdom House of Commons released a report by their Foreign Affairs Committee. This report was entitled “Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the Relationship”. This... 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

UN Call For UK To End Administration Of Chagos

UN Call For UK To End Administration Of Chagos

“The UK is under an obligation to bring to an end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible,” the United Nations Court has said, stating the UK’s “continued administration of the Chagos Archipelago constitutes a wrongful act.” The Chagos Archipelago, which the UK calls the British Indian Ocean... Read more of this article

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

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

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

Column: Theresa May’s ‘Plan B’ Brexit Options

Column: Theresa May’s ‘Plan B’ Brexit Options

[Opinion column written by Christopher Kirkland] The heavy defeat for Theresa May’s government on its Brexit plan is a further stumbling block on the path to the UK’s exit from the EU. Given the scale of the defeat, by a majority of 230, it’s unlikely that the prime minister will be able ask parliament to vote on her unrevised plan again – despite... Read more of this article