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September 1st, 2018
NDP’s ‘lawlessness’ stigmatises debate on ‘Self-Determination’—Julian Willock

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Self-Determination and, or Independence, is a conversation which needs to be had but the ‘lawlessness’ demonstrated in the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) rule over the Virgin Islands (VI), has stigmatised the necessary national discourse.

August 16th, 2018
Governor & Deputy should be elected by VI residents—Rajah A. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Prominent Virgin Islander Rajah A. Smith, is the latest to lend his voice to the growing debate in the Virgin Islands (VI) with regards, ‘Independence, Self-Determination’ and the general management of the affairs of the Territory by the United Kingdom (UK).

July 16th, 2018
Reverend Turnbull continues to press for ‘self- determination’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church Reverend Dr. Melvin A. Turnbull continues to push for the Virgin Islands (VI) to embrace self-determination. Over the last several weeks, Dr Turnbull has lobbying for the Islands to have “the fair opportunity and right to choose our affiliations, and to sit at the decision-making table with no meddling from any other country.”

June 29th, 2017
Governor’s behaviour would not have been tolerated under Ralphie Gov’t - Hon Fraser

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “It is absolutely no reason at this point of our development for us to have a Governor who behaves the way this Governor behaves. In my view, in this stage, in 2017, the Governor should be seen and not heard, seen only when is necessary.” This is according to former Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA.

October 19th, 2016
Premier Smith off on wrong foot regarding self-determination- Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Host of the Speak out BVI show on ZBVI 780 AM, Doug Wheatley is of the view that Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith’s announcement to a local media house back in early August, that talks of independence will be placed at the forefront of discussions with the British Government is not the way to go.

October 16th, 2016
OTs to discuss scaling back powers of Governors- Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The powers vested in the Governor here in the Virgin Islands (British) and other Overseas Territories (OTs) continue to be a sore issue and Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has said the matter is being discussed among OTs’ governments.

August 9th, 2016
VI’s inalienable right to self-determination reaffirmed by UN

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On the heels of mounting talks of self-determination, the United Nations (UN) Decolonisation Committee recently reaffirmed the Virgin Islands’ inalienable right to self-determination.

July 26th, 2016
The British are coming to impose direct rule - Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Communication and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has said, while “some” would prefer him to be silent, the territory’s freedom is under threat by the United Kingdom.

May 18th, 2016
The word independence strikes fear in people- Julian Willock

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While most Virgin Islanders believe that at some point the territory will have to go the route of independence from Britain, whether the territory will have the right leadership to take it to that new era is what many are most concerned about.

November 30th, 2015
Voice for a discussion on independence for Anguilla

OVERSEAS TERRITORIES REVIEW

Independence – a word that evokes a myriad of emotions in people across Anguilla. This is the word that has grown in popularity over the past few days as news spread across Anguilla – and has reached the media – that the British Government is seeking to increase the powers of the Governor and appoint a Financial Adviser, steps which will essentially undermine the authority of our own democratically elected Government.



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