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October 15th, 2020
VI needs referendum on independence- Rajah A. Smith

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Businessman and Progressive United (PU) At-Large Candidate in the 2019 General Elections in the Virgin Islands, Mr Rajah A. Smith says a referendum is needed before the territory embarks on any journey towards independence from the United Kingdom.

July 29th, 2020
Independence a dangerous thing; VI seeking more autonomy - Hon Wheatley

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Constitutional reform in the Virgin Islands (VI) is aimed at better self-governance and not independence, according to Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) who called independence a danger to the VI.

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).

January 26th, 2018
‘Give sister islands some independence’ – VG resident to Gov’t

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – In a full Catholic Community Centre on Virgin Gorda, leaders of the territory heard that it’s antiquated to have a system of electricity that shuts down an entire territory of multiple islands when a small problem develops on the main island.

January 24th, 2018
VG ready for a Town Council- Vincent O. Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the rest of the Territory seems to now be getting it together for the recovery and development of community, Virgin Gorda seems to have surpassed them in knowing what they want.

September 4th, 2017
Majority of VI would vote against independence- Carvin Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While many elected members and even some of their supporters continue to sound the trumpet of independence, former long-time president of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Mr Carvin Malone has suggested that they are wasting their time since if it was allowed to go to a referendum, the majority of the Virgin Islands would vote against it.

August 16th, 2017
‘Saying we can’t go independent is weakness’ – Radio show caller’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – On the heels of a senior pastor in the Virgin Islands describing the VI as a grown child that wouldn’t leave his mother’s home, a caller to a recent local radio show said the notion that the territory can’t go independent is a sign of “weakness.”

August 15th, 2017
VI like a 'grown man' who wouldn't leave mother's house- Dr Melvin A. Turnbull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Chairman of the Virgin Islands Heritage Committee, Reverend Dr Melvin A. Turnbull, during the Emancipation Service at the Sunday Morning Well on August 6, 2017, told those in attendance that he has been calling for the Virgin Islands to start charting its own course towards independence.

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.


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