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BREXIT: UK Gov’t working in interest of VI – Gov Japsert

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United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert. Photo: VINO/File
Premier of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) speaking at the People’s Action Movement’s (PAM) 54th Anniversary Convention on Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis. Hon Fahie was the Keynote Speaker at the invitation of Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, The Honourable Shawn K. Richards. Photo: The St Kitts-Nevis Times
Premier of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) speaking at the People’s Action Movement’s (PAM) 54th Anniversary Convention on Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis. Hon Fahie was the Keynote Speaker at the invitation of Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, The Honourable Shawn K. Richards. Photo: The St Kitts-Nevis Times
Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI), Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert says that even with the threats of BREXIT, the UK will continue to ensure that the interests of the VI is represented and reflected in its European Union (EU) negotiations. Photo: Internet Source
Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI), Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert says that even with the threats of BREXIT, the UK will continue to ensure that the interests of the VI is represented and reflected in its European Union (EU) negotiations. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Even as the relationship between the United Kingdom (UK) and its British Overseas Territories (OTs) reach an impasse where OTs now more than ever are seeking greater autonomy in managing their own affairs, Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI), Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert says the UK will continue to ensure that the interests of the VI are represented and reflected in its European Union (EU) negotiations.

In a public missive on BREXIT, the Office of the Governor noted, ‘Leaving the European Union with a deal remains a United Kingdom Government (UKG) priority and an agreement has been reached with the EU on an extension until 31 October 2019 at the latest, and crucially with the option to leave earlier as soon as a deal has been ratified.”

UK BREXIT Negotiations

But even as the UK is facing its own challenges relating to the complexities of exiting the EU, Gov Jaspert assured that the VI will continue to enjoy UK market access.

But should the VI and other OTs leave the future of their economies in the hands of the UKG, even as these external forces have placed pressure on the local people to change their way of life?

“In a no-deal scenario, BVI goods will continue to enjoy UK market access on current terms by virtue of an arrangement between UKG and all the OTs. In the event of a deal, UK and EU market access will continue throughout any implementation under current arrangements. UKG will be negotiating the best possible access to the EU market for OT goods as part of the UK’s future relationship with the EU,” the Governor’s Office noted.

However, since taking office, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has been pushing the mantra of regional unity for Caribbean territories to start taking on their own affairs.

Regional Unity

At a People’s Action Movement’s (PAM) 54th Anniversary Convention on Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, Premier Fahie had told regional leaders that now more than ever, the Caribbean must think of ways to implement regional unity if it is to succeed as thriving economies in the future.

“The option is to either go forward boldly together or stumble separately into irrelevance,” he said in pointing out several strides his government has made, including starting the process of giving legal status to residents of other Caribbean territories.”

Further at a Guadeloupe OECS meeting, he said, “It is the view of my government that we have to deepen collaboration with all the nations and islands in the Caribbean because we are clear that we have shared destinies, and that by working closer together, we can bring greater benefits to our respective peoples.”

Travel Rights

In terms of the travel rights that will be retained by OT’s, the Governor’s Office noted, “British Overseas Territory Citizen passport holders’ rights are not predicated on the UK’s membership of the EU and will not change as a direct result of EU exit, This includes 90-day visa-free access to the Schengen area in any 180 days.”

Further, it says, "the Eligibility criteria for British passports will not change as a result of EU exit [and] European Union branding on British Citizen passports will not affect their validity after EU exit."

The Schengen Area comprises 26 European states that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders.

8 Responses to “BREXIT: UK Gov’t working in interest of VI – Gov Japsert ”

  • White House can’t be trusted (30/05/2019, 08:34) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    I do not trust a word this man say
    • freedom (30/05/2019, 09:46) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
      They want to get their hands on the bvi but the change of government stop that
    • Jaigon (30/05/2019, 11:54) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply

      @ White House can’t be trusted. He is a w@#$% man, what do you expect. They cannot be trusted. Talking sweet, thinking they can fool all of the people. What interest of VI UK working?

  • Wow (30/05/2019, 13:59) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    People this is the worse governor ever.
  • Quiet Rebel (30/05/2019, 16:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Xenophobia, racism, discrimination......etc drove the FOR vote for the UK to exit the EU. Now, it is struggling in how to exit the EU. It cannot decide if it wants a soft exit or it should crash out. Failing to reach an agreement in Parliament on how to exit the EU, PM Theresa May resigned. The UK cannot even negotiated its own way out of the EU so how can it protect the VI and other OTs?
  • Disrespectful (31/05/2019, 09:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    These posts show great disrespect for humans on a whole.
  • haner (01/06/2019, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You could at least spell his name correctly.


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