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UK Parliament: Improving Links With OTs

UK Parliament: Improving Links With OTs

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell asked the Minister of State [Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office] David Rutley about plans to bolster ties and collaboration with British Overseas Territories. During a recent session in the British Parliament, Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell asked, “what steps he is taking to [a] improve links and [b]... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Ship Register

UK Parliament: Q&A On Ship Register

The Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority [BSMA] were audited and ”found to be satisfactorily discharging their obligations under international maritime conventions including the Maritime Labour Convention.” During a recent session in the British Parliament, Mick Whitley, Member of the Labour Party, asked, “To ask the Secretary... Read more of this article

UK Parliament Debate On Registers In OTs

UK Parliament Debate On Registers In OTs

The British House of Commons is holding a ‘Debate on a Motion on the Implementation of Public Registers of Beneficial Ownership in the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies’ and you can tune in and watch live below. The UK legislation to have the OTs implement originally passed back in 2018; the matter had been discussed... Read more of this article

Fabricant Claims They ‘Briefly’ Looked At Bermuda

Fabricant Claims They ‘Briefly’ Looked At Bermuda

When discussing the UK’s plans to send migrants to Rwanda, British Conservative MP Michael Fabricant claimed that the British Government was “very, very briefly” looking at sending people to the “crown colony” of Bermuda, joking that “if they put Bermuda as a possible location for sending people, I think I’ll... Read more of this article

Deputy Premier Meets Tony Blair At COP28

Deputy Premier Meets Tony Blair At COP28

During this week’s UN Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, Deputy Premier Walter Roban had an opportunity to meet former UK Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair. The Government posted the image below, and said, “Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, the Hon. Walter Roban, had an opportunity to meet Sir Tony Blair, KG, former UK Prime... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Public Registers In OTs

UK Parliament: Q&A On Public Registers In OTs

Labour MP Margaret Hodge continues to discuss the implementation of publicly accessible registers of beneficial ownership in the British Overseas Territories. Labour Member of Parliament Margaret Hodge asked, “To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what estimate he has made of when [a] the British Virgin... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Order In Council

UK Parliament: Q&A On Order In Council

The British Government said they “continue to keep the Order in Council under review and continue to work with the Governments of the Overseas Territories to implement publicly accessible registers of beneficial ownership.” During the British Parliament’s session on November 17th, Labour Member of Parliament Margaret Hodge asked Secretary... Read more of this article

UK Foreign Affairs Launches Sub-Committee

UK Foreign Affairs Launches Sub-Committee

The British Foreign Affairs Committee has launched a “Sub-Committee on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office [FCDO] management of relations with the Overseas Territories.” A statement on the official UK Parliament website said, “There are 14 UK Overseas Territories with a total population of around 270,000 people, most of... Read more of this article

UK Helping OTs Build “Cyber Resilience”

UK Helping OTs Build “Cyber Resilience”

The United Kingdom is working with British Overseas Territories to build “cyber resilience,” with cyber risk reviews completed in six British Overseas Territories, including Bermuda. This is according to a recent session in UK Parliament, in which Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton asked, “To ask His Majesty’s Government what support... Read more of this article

UK To Confirm Public Register Timeline In Nov

UK To Confirm Public Register Timeline In Nov

A UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary said they will “confirm the timeline” to implement publicly accessible registers of company beneficial ownership with Bermuda and the other British Overseas Territories at the Joint Ministerial Council meeting scheduled to be held next month. In a written question in the British Parliament, Labour MP... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Economic Diversification In Island

UK Parliament: Economic Diversification In Island

“As this issue is a devolved responsibility of the Government of Bermuda, the UK Government is therefore supportive of Bermuda’s own efforts to diversify its economy and encourage investment,” British MP David Rutley said. During the British Parliament’s session on July 10th, Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell asked the Secretary of... Read more of this article

No Plans To Assess Territories Representation

No Plans To Assess Territories Representation

No Overseas Territory has “formally raised the idea of formal representation in this House and we do not plan on making assessment on UK parliamentary representation for Overseas Territories,” British MP David Rutley said. During the British Parliament’s session on June 12th, Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell asked the Secretary of State... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Cannabis Licensing Bill

UK Parliament: Q&A On Cannabis Licensing Bill

The decision by Britain to block Bermuda’s Cannabis Licensing Bill 2022 was the topic of recent discussion in UK Parliament. In September 2023, Bermuda’s UK appointed Governor declined to provide assent to the Cannabis Licensing Bill, which in effect, blocked Bermuda’s ability to implement the legislation which passed in the House of Assembly. During... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Bermuda Financial Services

UK Parliament: Bermuda Financial Services

Bermuda “received one of the highest technical compliance ratings of any jurisdiction following a review by the Financial Action Task Force of its work to combat illicit finance,” British MP David Rutley said. During the British Parliament’s session on June 1st, Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell asked the Secretary of State for Foreign,... Read more of this article

Bermuda Flag On FCDO Building In England

Bermuda Flag On FCDO Building In England

Minister for the Commonwealth and the United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories Zac Goldsmith sent his well wishes to Bermudians on Bermuda Day, posting a picture of the Bermudian flag flying at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in the UK. Minister Goldsmith tweeted the photo below, saying: “Wishing all Bermudians a happy Bermuda... Read more of this article

New Overseas Territories Strategy Development

New Overseas Territories Strategy Development

“While the commitments in the 2012 White Paper remain relevant, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is leading UK Government Departments in the development of a new Overseas Territories Strategy,” Minister of State [Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office] Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park said. During the British Parliament’s... Read more of this article