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April 21st, 2020
Branson using 'Belongership status' to mortgage VI property - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Commentator and consultant, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) to review the original sale agreement of Necker Island to British billionaire Sir Richard C.N. Branson, following revelations he plans to mortgage his VI property to aid in the bailout of Virgin Atlantic airline.

April 9th, 2020
Be clear on whether UK will help VI or not- Skelton-Cline to Gov Jaspert

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Consultant and outspoken moderator of the Honestly Speaking show, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has remarked that even as Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert says the Virgin Islands (VI) has healthy reserves and enough finances to handle its own affairs regarding COVID-19, the United Kingdom (UK) still has to approve the funds.

February 8th, 2020
Brexit, nationalism & globalism

By Dickson C. Igwe

Donald Trump and Brexit are symbols of a new cold war within western society. This is an existential conflict between the forces of globalization, and the forces of nationalist nativism. Time alone will tell who wins.

February 3rd, 2020
VI will capitalise on economic opportunities from Brexit- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says that with the United Kingdom's (UK) exit of the European Union (EU), the Virgin Islands (VI) will be looking to independently capitalise on international trade opportunities presented by Brexit.

October 31st, 2019
'You could end up with nothing'- Hon Fraser tells Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "You could end up with nothing," was a warning from Third District Representative, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over the possible outcome of the Virgin Islands/UK Loan Guarantee negotiations regarding adjustments to the stipulations of the loans.

October 22nd, 2019
'BVI not a begging society'- NDP Gov't told UK while refusing aid

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has detailed a shocking tale as told by United Kingdom (UK) officials on how the former Dr D. Orlando Smith led National Democratic Party (NDP) administration allegedly refused international help in the height of suffering following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

October 1st, 2019
VI meets September deadline to submit 'Plan of Action' to UK- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the United Kingdom (UK) Government agreeing to address Virgin Islands (VI) concerns over the stipulations of the £300M loan guarantee for recovery and development, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has indicated that the territory has met the September deadline to present its plan of action to the UK on the way forward.

September 15th, 2019
VI can't 'lay down & play dead' with UK- Hon Maduro-Caines

EAST END, Tortola, VI - Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines at a September 10, 2019, Opposition-led meeting in the East End/Long Look Community has said the territory should not 'lay down and play dead' when it comes to its relationship with the United Kingdom (UK).

September 5th, 2019
‘Shocking & Untrue’ - Premier fires back @ UK’s Ben Merrick

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “I wouldn’t stoop to their level,” the words of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in response to Director of British Overseas Territories, Ben Merrick's September 2, 2019 letter stating amongst other claims, that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government since taking office in February 2019, has caused engagements between the Virgin Islands (VI) and the United Kingdom (UK) to weaken.

August 27th, 2019
Premier mum on UK response to loan guarantee concerns

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the United Kingdom (UK), through correspondence with the Virgin Islands (VI), has indicated they are willing to address some concerns regarding the Loan Guarantee issue facing the territory.

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