Tag: British overseas territories

UK pondering takeover of BVI government

UK pondering takeover of BVI government

| 29/04/2022 | 78 Comments

(CNS): The UK government is poised to take over the British Virgin Islands Government, suspending its constitution and dissolving the elected branch, for at least two years after the Commission of Inquiry report into governance in the territory was released Friday. The publication of the damning report, which found that governance in BVI “was appallingly […]

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BVI premier arrested on drug charges in Miami

BVI premier arrested on drug charges in Miami

| 28/04/2022 | 93 Comments

(CNS): The premier of the British Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie, has been arrested in the United States on charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering. According to various US news reports, he was arrested at a Miami-area airport by federal agents on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into the US and money laundering. […]

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Ebanks leads Cayman at JMC in London

Ebanks leads Cayman at JMC in London

| 16/11/2021 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Financial Services Minister Andre Ebanks is heading the Cayman Islands delegation at this year’s Joint Ministerial Council between the UK overseas territories and the UK government, which is now underway in London. The premier opted to miss out on the JMC in order to attend COP26 in Scotland earlier this month, leaving Ebanks to […]

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London rep lays Cayman wreath at UK service

London rep lays Cayman wreath at UK service

| 16/11/2021 | 14 Comments

(CNS) The Cayman Islands representative to the UK and Europe, Tasha Ebanks-Garcia, laid a wreath at the National Service of Remembrance in London on Sunday in remembrance of Caymanians who lost their lives fighting in the two World Wars and later conflicts. This year was only the second time in the history of the ceremony […]

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Sugg resigns over UK aid cut mid-JMC meeting

Sugg resigns over UK aid cut mid-JMC meeting

| 25/11/2020 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Britain’s Foreign Office minister responsible for the overseas territories has quit the job in protest at the Conservative government’s decision to cut its overseas aid budget. Baroness Sugg, who was also responsible for sustainable development, resigned in the middle of this week’s virtual Joint Ministerial Council with leaders of the UK’s territories, including the Cayman […]

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Boris’ reshuffle lands UKOTs a new boss

Boris’ reshuffle lands UKOTs a new boss

| 18/02/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): After a ministerial reshuffle by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office appears to have undergone an unofficial merger with the Department for International Development, in which the roles of all junior FCO and DfID ministers now overlap. As a result Baroness Sugg has taken over the UK Overseas Territories brief […]

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UK minister tries to reassure BOTs over Brexit

UK minister tries to reassure BOTs over Brexit

| 31/01/2020 | 32 Comments

(CNS): The UK minister responsible for the British Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has issued a statement trying to reassure the BOTs that Britain’s departure from the European Union on Friday will not impact their residents over the next eleven months. Lord Ahmad said it was a priority for him and the UK government […]

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Premier: UK central to Cayman’s success

Premier: UK central to Cayman’s success

| 02/07/2019 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Since the “winds of change” began blowing and the UK started the process of decolonization, its willingness to maintain its help and support for its former colonies over the years has been an important factor in the future of the countries it once occupied, including the Cayman Islands, the premier said this weekend, as […]

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No-deal Brexit on JMC agenda

No-deal Brexit on JMC agenda

| 28/06/2019 | 18 Comments

(CNS): The UK minister responsible for its overseas territories revealed that discussions on contingencies for a no-deal Brexit will be on the agenda at the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council in London later this year. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon told an audience of territory leaders and other delegates at the first-ever UK/OT Trade Summit that Britain […]

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BOTs unite over ‘modern colonialism’ threat

BOTs unite over ‘modern colonialism’ threat

| 27/06/2019 | 98 Comments

(CNS): The leaders of the British Overseas Territories presented a united front at the close of the pre-JMC meeting in the Cayman Islands on Wednesday against what they all see as the creeping neo-colonialism of the UK. While the leaders and representatives of the territories outlined different concerns about their individual relationships with and the […]

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Crown Dependencies fight against BO registers

Crown Dependencies fight against BO registers

| 04/03/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The leaders of Britain’s Crown Dependencies were in London Monday in an effort to stop any attempts by the UK government to impose public beneficial ownership registers on them as it has on the British Overseas Territories. Like the BOTs, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are under threat of being blacklisted by […]

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