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Governor Rankin Appointed As BVI Governor

Governor Rankin Appointed As BVI Governor

John Rankin – who currently serves as Bermuda’s Governor — has been appointed as Governor to the British Virgin Islands. The Government of the Virgin Islands website said, “His Excellency the Governor has announced that Mr John Rankin CMG has been appointed as Governor to the British Virgin Islands, in succession to him. “Mr... Read more of this article

UK Government “Welcome” Registers In OTs

UK Government “Welcome” Registers In OTs

The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he welcomes the commitments from eight UK Overseas Territories — including Bermuda — to introduce publicly accessible beneficial ownership registers. The Bermuda Government recently announced “its intention to make the companies central register of beneficial ownership information accessible... Read more of this article

Column: Britain’s Legacy Of Slavery, Colonialism

Column: Britain’s Legacy Of Slavery, Colonialism

[Opinion column written by Benito Wheatley] As the United Kingdom [UK] confronts the issue of racism in British society and the country’s longstanding problem of injustice toward people of African descent, it should not be forgotten that the people of the British Virgin Islands [BVI] are also victims of Britain’s dark legacy of slavery and colonialism.... Read more of this article

Morton: ‘UK Govt Supports Overseas Territories’

Morton: ‘UK Govt Supports Overseas Territories’

“The UK Government is firmly committed to supporting the Overseas Territories in dealing with Covid-19,” Parliamentary Under-Secretary Wendy Morton said when asked about the kind of support that the UK Government is providing to help the UK Overseas Territories respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the Hansard of the UK Parliament’s... Read more of this article

Video: Overseas Territories Covid-19 Discussion

Video: Overseas Territories Covid-19 Discussion

The ‘Friends of the British Overseas Territories’ organisation held a webinar today [May 5] discussing the ‘Impact of Covid-19 on the British Overseas Territories,” with the panelists including former Bermuda Premier and MP Michael Dunkley, UK MP Andrew Rosindell, Cayman Minister Austin Harris MLA, and FOTBOT trustee Albert Poggio... Read more of this article

Royal Navy Dispatched To Support Caribbean

Royal Navy Dispatched To Support Caribbean

The RFA Argus has set sail for the Caribbean “to support the British Overseas Territories during the upcoming hurricane season and will be able to assist with the response to the Covid-19 pandemic if required.” The Royal Navy website said, “RFA Argus’ deployment to the Caribbean had been scheduled for the hurricane season, but she... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: 500 Bermuda Students In UK

UK Parliament: 500 Bermuda Students In UK

According to a recent discussion in the UK Parliament, there were some 2,130 students from the British Overseas Territories studying in the UK in 2018/19, with 500 from Bermuda. Conservative MP Scott Benton asked what estimate the Minister has of university students from British Overseas Territories studying in the UK and “what assessment he... Read more of this article

Decolonization Is ‘Moving, Albeit At Slow Pace’

Decolonization Is ‘Moving, Albeit At Slow Pace’

Progress on decolonization is “moving but albeit at a slow pace,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, adding that “decolonization is a process that has to be guided by the aspirations and needs of the communities living in the Territories.” The United Nations maintains a list of what they deem to be “Non-Self-Governing... Read more of this article

Premier Burt Meets With Turks & Caicos Premier

Premier Burt Meets With Turks & Caicos Premier

Premier David Burt welcomed the Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson at the Cabinet Office today [Feb 20].A Government spokesperson said, “At the Cabinet Office today, Premier David Burt welcomed his colleague the Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. “Premier Cartwright-Robinson... Read more of this article

Governor Meets With Turks & Caicos Premier

Governor Meets With Turks & Caicos Premier

Governor John Rankin and Deputy Governor Alison Crocket met with Premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, along with members of her Government, at Government House today. “The delegation from the Turks & Caicos Islands is visiting Bermuda to study approaches taken to tackling gang violence. The Premier and His... Read more of this article

Column: Time For A New UK-OTs Agenda

Column: Time For A New UK-OTs Agenda

[Opinion column written by Benito Wheatley] The Overseas Territories’ [OTs] place in post-Brexit Britain remains unclear as the United Kingdom [UK] begins life outside of the European Union [EU]. Since the Conservative Party’s landslide victory at the polls on 12 December 2019, a coherent UK-OTs agenda has not been articulated. The absence of such... Read more of this article

Pincher: No OTs Request Devolution Settlement

Pincher: No OTs Request Devolution Settlement

“None of the Overseas Territories have requested a constitutional relationship akin to the devolution settlements within the United Kingdom,” Minister of State Christopher Pincher said in the UK Parliament. According to the Hansard of the UK Parliament’s session on January 27th, Shadow Minister Afzal Khan asked the Secretary of State... Read more of this article

Column: Britain & The Overseas Territories

Column: Britain & The Overseas Territories

[Opinion column written by Benito Wheatley] As the United Kingdom [UK] General Election approaches, the country’s ongoing political turmoil over Brexit continues to overshadow the strained relationship between the Overseas Territories’ [OTs] and UK. The critical issue is whether the UK and OTs will have a closer relationship going forward or a more... Read more of this article