Tag: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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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Lord Ahmad still in OT job, for now

Lord Ahmad still in OT job, for now

| 29/07/2019 | 4 Comments

(CNS): Lord Ahmad has so far survived Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruthless Cabinet reshuffle and has retained his job as Minister of State for the Commonwealth at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he remains responsible for the overseas territories. Following the new prime minister’s overhaul of the front benches, the peer, who is well-liked […]

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FCO not setting dates on sensitive OT issues

FCO not setting dates on sensitive OT issues

| 13/05/2019 | 17 Comments

(CNS): The UK does not plan to implement orders-in council to force same-sex marriage laws on its overseas territories or to push them into allowing British and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in these territories. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s response to a report by the UK […]

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FCO welcomes CJ ruling, irritated by appeal

FCO welcomes CJ ruling, irritated by appeal

| 03/04/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said it welcomes the ruling by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie regarding his decision to modify the Marriage Law in the same-sex marriage case filed by Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, but the FCO is disappointed government is choosing to appeal. The governor’s office has confirmed it will not […]

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Governor gets to unpack after securing 4-year post

Governor gets to unpack after securing 4-year post

| 24/01/2019 | 37 Comments

(CNS): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed that Martyn Roper has been officially appointed as the governor of the Cayman Islands and will now serve a four-year term. Officials said that Roper had completed a competitive recruitment process, though no details were given of that process. Roper said that he and his wife […]

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BOTs bureaucrat makes flying visit to Cayman

BOTs bureaucrat makes flying visit to Cayman

| 26/11/2018 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Ben Merrick, Foreign and Commonwealth Director for the Overseas Territories, visited Grand Cayman on Friday, where he met with Cayman Islands officials and held discussions on relevant areas of interest to the UK as well the forthcoming constitutional talks in London. Merrick’s brief one-day visit was revealed by the Governor’s Office a day after the […]

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Cayman-UK relations ‘no longer fit for purpose’

Cayman-UK relations ‘no longer fit for purpose’

| 18/10/2018 | 93 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government has taken a very different position from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office over the current balance in the relationship between the UK and Cayman. In its submissions to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee for the review currently underway, the CIG has described the constitutional relationship as insecure and outdated, and […]

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UK committee reviewing relations with BOTs

UK committee reviewing relations with BOTs

| 06/08/2018 | 4 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands Government makes plans to renegotiate parts of the country’s 2009 Constitution and its relationship with the UK, the Foreign Affairs Committee in the British Parliament is reviewing how the Foreign Office manages its responsibility to its overseas territories and how it envisages their future. A release last month said the […]

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Governor Choudhury’s removal ‘not political’

Governor Choudhury’s removal ‘not political’

| 25/06/2018 | 120 Comments

(CNS): As salacious allegations that Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury was removed because of bullying and asking a staff member for a shirtless back massage appear in the British tabloid press, CNS has learned that there are no political reasons behind the new UK representative being called back to London. Sources close to the governor’s […]

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Boris calls for another 60 years of British rule in Cayman

Boris calls for another 60 years of British rule in Cayman

| 16/05/2018 | 41 Comments

(CNS): The dispute between the Cayman Islands and the British government over the potential imposition of a public beneficial ownership register was put aside Monday, when the celebrations in London to mark the 60th anniversary of the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms got underway. However, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made it clear that the UK […]

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Bush files US action to see BOT adviser’s emails

Bush files US action to see BOT adviser’s emails

| 29/01/2018 | 78 Comments

(CNS): The speaker of the Legislative Assembly is not giving up on his efforts to sue government for what he has always maintained were trumped-up charges designed to drum him out of office when he was premier. Lawyers acting for McKeeva Bush have filed an application in Florida’s Southern District court asking for a subpoena to be […]

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