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UK Parliament: ‘Refreshed Strategy’ For OTs

UK Parliament: ‘Refreshed Strategy’ For OTs

“The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, working with other UK Government departments, is leading the development of a refreshed strategy for the Overseas Territories [OTs] to be published in 2024,” British MP David Rutley said. During the British Parliament’s session on May 9th, Stephen Doughty Shadow Minister [Foreign and Commonwealth... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Public Registers

UK Parliament: Q&A On Public Registers

Alison Thewliss, the Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Home Affairs, inquired about the implementation of public registers of beneficial ownership in both Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories. During the British Parliament’s session on May 2nd, Alison Thewliss asked David Rutley, the Assistant Whip [HM Treasury] and Parliamentary Under-Secretary... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Territories Voting Rights

UK Parliament: Q&A On Territories Voting Rights

“Elections in UK overseas territories are determined by each territory and the Government has no plans to change this” as the” UK Government believes that the current fundamental structure of our constitutional relationships with the Overseas Territories is the right one,” British MP Simon Hoare said. During the British Parliament’s... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Free Trade Agreements

UK Parliament: Q&A On Free Trade Agreements

“In international law the Overseas Territories [OTs] are not sovereign states in their own right and have no separate international legal personality,” Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said. This is according to a recent session in UK Parliament, in which Viscount Waverley asked, “To ask His Majesty’s Government whether the Overseas Territories... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Overseas Territories

UK Parliament: Q&A On Overseas Territories

“The Foreign Affairs Committee is setting up a Sub-Committee that will engage the Overseas Territories more,” British MP David Rutley said. During a recent session in the British Parliament, Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell asked, “what steps he is taking to support effective governance in the British overseas territories.” In response, Assistant... Read more of this article

UK Parliament: Q&A On Cannabis Laws

UK Parliament: Q&A On Cannabis Laws

“The UK is committed to working in partnership with Bermuda and we remain available to discuss new proposals on this legislation,” the British Parliamentary Under-Secretary said when asked about decriminalisation of possession of cannabis in Bermuda. During a recent session in the British Parliament,  Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell... Read more of this article

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