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20 persons now registered as British Citizens

His Excellency the Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert and Registrar General Mrs. Stephanie P. Benn are pictured here with the 20 recipients of British Citizenship. Platform personnel and officials from the Civil Registry and Passport Office are also seen. Photo: Ronnielle J. Frazer/GIS
British Citizens reciting the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom (UK). Photo: Ronnielle Frazer/GIS
British Citizens reciting the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom (UK). Photo: Ronnielle Frazer/GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: Twenty persons were registered as British Citizens at a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, November 1, 2018, according to a press release from the Government Information Service dated November 2, 2018.

His Excellency the Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, in his address to the newly registered British Citizens said, “This is a formal promise as you embrace your new nationality and consider the opportunities it offers by reaching and obtaining British citizenship.”

Oath of Allegiance

The new citizens accepted their certificates and recited the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom (UK).

The Governor said, “It is nonetheless an important decision you are taking to seek British citizenship by registration and it is proper that the fulfilment should be marked in a formal way.”

He added, “The new freedoms you will now enjoy also come with new responsibilities, more responsibilities rather than legal ones to uphold our shared values, courtesy and respect and concern for others less fortunate than ourselves. As the good book reminds us, you shall love the stranger for you were once strangers in the land.”

New opportunities

The Governor said this opens up opportunities for study or professional development and urged the new citizens to grasp them fully with both hands.

The extension of British citizenship to British Overseas Territories citizens was part of the UK Government’s 1999 White Paper entitled Partnership for Progress and Prosperity, which outlined the UK’s policy in respect of the Overseas Territories.

8 Responses to “20 persons now registered as British Citizens”

  • Crossover (04/11/2018, 12:16) Like (21) Dislike (23) Reply
    And some still hold on to bad attitudes towards the BVI and it's indigenous peeps. Its not all about status.
    • British (04/11/2018, 15:47) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      Hope you all appreciate the British and stop Blabbering your mouth about the UK...
      British Citizens enjoy, you all are welcome... Now take the dawn money that is granted from the UK and rebuild the BVI. What's the difference?
  • tricks (04/11/2018, 14:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    well can they vote?
  • Hmmmmm (04/11/2018, 19:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    ... and recited the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom (UK).

  • duck (05/11/2018, 04:18) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I need a British passport yall
  • WHY? (05/11/2018, 09:20) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    I'm sorry, but why are we still doing this? We don't even have enough to sustain our own. Are you kidding me?
    • @Why? (10/11/2018, 21:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound like a hateful trumpish moron

      First, we need a lot more people here to rescue and sustain the economy and opportunity for jobs and businesses for locals.

      Two, this is about BRITISH citizenship!!! Not BVI belongership. Please learn to read and reason. Maybe if someone builds a proper school with proper teachers here as the bandits in VIP and anDP should have done long ago...


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