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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

Masterworks Representatives Get ‘Royal Invite’

Masterworks Representatives Get ‘Royal Invite’

With Royal Wedding fever taking over this past weekend, representatives from the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art will get a slice of the excitement when they attend the 70th birthday celebrations for Prince Charles this Tuesday, May 22, at a Garden Reception on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, and possibly catch a glimpse of the newly married couple... Read more of this article

‘No Public Register Until House Votes For It’

‘No Public Register Until House Votes For It’

“There will be no public register of Beneficial Ownership in Bermuda until this Honourable House, elected by the people of Bermuda votes to implement one,” Premier David Burt said, adding that the “Government rejects the regressive colonial mindset that some in London hold.” Background The Premier’s comments follow after... Read more of this article

Overseas Territories Accuse UK Of Colonialism

Overseas Territories Accuse UK Of Colonialism

The United Kingdom is being accused of colonialism by some of the Overseas Territories, with the islands’ leaders calling it a return to “base colonialism,” an “affront,” an “unacceptable act of modern colonialism,” and an action that would “overturn democracy in the relevant territory.” These comments... Read more of this article

‘Unacceptable Act Of Modern Colonialism’

‘Unacceptable Act Of Modern Colonialism’

“To legislate directly for an Overseas Territory would amount to an unacceptable act of modern colonialism,” Gibraltar’s Chief Minister said, adding that it would “overturn democracy in the relevant territory.” In a letter sent to British MPs, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo said that Gibraltar is already... Read more of this article

BVI Premier Raises Concerns About UK Bill

BVI Premier Raises Concerns About UK Bill

Joining his counterparts in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, Premier of the British Virgin Islands Orlando Smith has expressed concerns about the UK’s Bill, saying he rejects the “idea that our democratically elected Government should be superseded by the UK Parliament.” Premier Smith said, “This is a deeply flawed policy as the BVI... Read more of this article

Cayman Options Open, Including Legal Challenge

Cayman Options Open, Including Legal Challenge

The Cayman Islands is “keeping all options on the table including a legal challenge to the amendment” as the UK House of Commons “seeking to legislate for the Cayman Islands amount to constitutional overreach and are reminiscent of the worst injustices of a bygone era of colonial despotism.” This is according to the Cayman Compass,... Read more of this article

FOTBOT: ‘Being Forced On Them Is Problematic’

FOTBOT: ‘Being Forced On Them Is Problematic’

The Overseas Territories are “self-governing territories and the idea of legislation being forced upon them is problematic,” the Friends of the British Overseas Territories [FOTBOT] organisation said. Their comments follow after the UK Government said it will support an amendment to order Overseas Territories to make their ownership registers... Read more of this article

Premier: Action By UK Has No Place In 2018

Premier: Action By UK Has No Place In 2018

“This attempt to legislate for Bermuda from London is a return to base colonialism and is an action that has no place in 2018,” Premier David Burt said following today’s debate and vote in the UK House of Commons. A Bill before the UK Parliament is aiming to make all the Overseas Territories introduce public ownership registers by the... Read more of this article

UK Govt Will Not Oppose Territories Amendment

UK Govt Will Not Oppose Territories Amendment

According to reports from the British media, Minister Sir Alan Duncan has just announced that the UK Government will not oppose an amendment which will require the Overseas Territories to introduce public ownership registers by the end of 2020. “Britain’s government agreed on Tuesday to order its overseas territories to make secretive company... Read more of this article

Video: Gun Salute Celebrates New Royal Baby

Video: Gun Salute Celebrates New Royal Baby

This evening, the Royal Bermuda Regiment fired a Gun Salute to commemorate the Royal Birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child.The royal baby, who was born yesterday, is fifth in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and two siblings. The newest addition to the royal family is a younger... Read more of this article

Gun Salute To Mark The New Royal Baby

Gun Salute To Mark The New Royal Baby

[Updated] Governor John Rankin has “commanded that a Gun Salute [GS] be fired to commemorate the Royal Birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child,” the Government confirmed this evening. “The salute will take place on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at Albouy’s Point. “The Gun Salute will involve the firing of a single... Read more of this article

Bryant Questions UK Govt On SSM In Territories

Bryant Questions UK Govt On SSM In Territories

British Labour MP Chris Bryant continues to question the British Government about same sex marriage in the British Overseas Territories, this time asking “what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all homosexual citizens in British Overseas Territories have access to the institution of marriage.”According to the Hansard from April... Read more of this article