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OTs cannot be sitting ducks with UK – Skelton-Cline

-Says VI should look into setting its own course & destiny
As the Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government moves full speed ahead with its business of running the territory, social commentator & VIP supporter Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline is insisting that British Overseas Territories like the Virgin Islands (VI) cannot sit and wait for UK decisions to move forward. Photo: Facebook
With uncertainty looming over Brexit and UK pressure for OTs to remove belongership status, legalise same-sex marriages and implement the public beneficial ownership registries, Mr Skelton-Cline is adamant that the territory needs to chart its own course. Photo: Internet Source
With uncertainty looming over Brexit and UK pressure for OTs to remove belongership status, legalise same-sex marriages and implement the public beneficial ownership registries, Mr Skelton-Cline is adamant that the territory needs to chart its own course. Photo: Internet Source
BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI – As the Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government moves full speed ahead with its business of running the territory, social commentator & VIP supporter Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline is insisting that British Overseas Territories (OTs) like the Virgin Islands (VI) cannot sit and wait for UK decisions to move forward.

With uncertainty looming over Brexit and UK pressure for OTs to remove belongership status, legalise same-sex marriages and implement the public beneficial ownership registries, Mr Skelton-Cline is adamant that the territory needs to chart its own course.

Sitting Ducks

“We in the OT territories, and specifically we in these Virgin Islands… we cannot afford to sit as sitting ducks and wait to see what happens with the UK,” the man of the cloth urged his listening audience.

He was at the time interviewing guests Edmund G. Maduro, Rajah A. Smith & Richard C. de Castro on the Tuesday, March 5, 2019, edition of his radio show “Honestly Speaking” on ZBVI 780am radio.

“There needs to be a very proactive, a very engaged community, a very engaged and proactive government setting the course, the tone and the tenor for a path forward as to who we are going to be as a people and what we are going to do in terms of our relationship with the UK,” he added. 

UK Relationship

According to Skelton-Cline, in the future, the relationship with the UK and OTs will change and countries like the Virgin Islands, sooner or later will have to set its own destiny.

“Clearly our relationship with the UK is going to change, what it changes into, has a lot to do with the decisions, with the moves we make, with the education and the re-education that needs to take place in the territory commencing even now as we speak regarding our own self-determination.”

Mr Skelton-Cline further brought up the issue of seeking independence, “We as a people, we as citizens of this territory have a right to determine our own destiny,” he said.  

9 Responses to “OTs cannot be sitting ducks with UK – Skelton-Cline ”

  • serious guy (08/03/2019, 07:20) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    now we can talk about independence with a new VIP government NEVER with the NDP
  • ABC (08/03/2019, 08:05) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well we not agreeing to all those rules from the uk we not no children
  • sit down (08/03/2019, 08:32) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    The UK has nothing to do with the huge need for education and re-education here. That has to do with woeful underinvestment in education as a result of BVI made decisions. It would be quite a different picture if the VIs had been held to UK educational standards over the last 30 years.
  • Damon (08/03/2019, 08:49) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    I agree with you 100% Mr. Clone and I also commend you for your bravery to speak out against issues that we face daily..the nay sayers may whatever but I for one respect and applaud you..a lot of people disagree behind close doors and in hush-hush convo but you’re not afraid to stand..there are “no free lunches”... so yes we (All OTs) need to come together, “hold one head” and consider what our best options are going forward.. keep being a voice for the people.. the issues need to remain constant in the minds of everyone..
  • Damon (08/03/2019, 09:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ABC.. I agree with that we shouldn’t just let rules and regulations be shoved down our throats.. OTs are not puppets .yes there may have been efforts to divide us (locals against expats and vice versa) but we r “All” part of the OTs; and because of this we as a people have to lay aside our differences and come together and fight-shouting as one to not accept certain laws or regulations that is not in alignment with the things that we feel is not in our best interest as a people/country .. even if this mean “Marching”.. there is power in Numbers!!
  • Mr . Loyal Suportsr (08/03/2019, 10:14) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Klyne U making sense . Uve been a VIP brave and loyal supporter..VIP should give you serious consideration for the Honourable Sowande position at the college or Head teacher at the high school ...I think Mr Clyne will do well in the educational system . He is obvious very educated well spoken descipline and strong ....
    • NICK (08/03/2019, 13:55) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      yes but he is a man of clothe and church should not mix with politic. Any country in the world where church is involve in government is less freedom for the people and a big step backward into the stone age.
  • tom (08/03/2019, 12:59) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good show Claude


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