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‘Pray that God stay the hands of those voting’ on Public Register- Bishop Cline

- House of Commons expected to vote Tuesday on having Overseas Territories create public register of beneficial owners of financial offshore companies
President of the BVI Christian Council Bishop John I. Cline has called on the churches to pray that a vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday May 1, 2018 will be in favour of the Virgin Islands and other Overseas Territories (OTs). Photo: Facebook/File
The bill to be brought to the House of Commons on May 1, 2018 stipulates that the UK government help overseas territories set up a public register of the beneficial ownership of companies within its jurisdiction - and, by December 31, 2020, prepare an Order in Council requiring the government of any British Overseas Territory that has not introduced a publicly accessible register to do so. Photo: Internet Source
The bill to be brought to the House of Commons on May 1, 2018 stipulates that the UK government help overseas territories set up a public register of the beneficial ownership of companies within its jurisdiction - and, by December 31, 2020, prepare an Order in Council requiring the government of any British Overseas Territory that has not introduced a publicly accessible register to do so. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Cognisant of the significant adverse effect public registers revealing the names of beneficial owners of financial offshore companies could have on the Territory’s financial services industry, President of the BVI Christian Council Bishop John I. Cline has called on the churches to pray that a vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday May 1, 2018 will be in favour of the Virgin Islands and other Overseas Territories (OTs).

The House of Commons is expected to meet tomorrow and high on the agenda is an amendment that will force OTs like the Virgin Islands to make public beneficial owners of financial services companies. According to a BBC article on April 26, 2018, Members of Parliament (MPs) will debate the amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill.

While there is strong support on both sides of the argument, some believe that supporters for the bill will "defeat the Government in the Commons vote.”

Pray

Bishop Cline in a public broadcast called on churches in the Territory to pray or fast from 6:00 A.M. on Monday April 30, 2018 until 12 noon on May 1, 2018.

According to the outspoken clergyman, a vote for beneficial owners of financial services companies going public will have “a great negative impact” on the VI and other Overseas Territories’ financial services, which is the lifeblood of the economy.

“So I am calling on the church to pray that God will stay the hands of those voting and financial services will remain intact or unaffected by this vote and that this vote will go in favour of the Overseas Territories.”

The bill to be brought to the House of Commons stipulates that, “the UK government help overseas territories set up a public register of the beneficial ownership of companies within its jurisdiction - and, by December 31, 2020, prepare an Order in Council requiring the government of any British Overseas Territory that has not introduced a publicly accessible register to do so,” the BBC article said.

Meanwhile, when the United Kingdom (UK) Upper Chamber, House of Lords, voted down the proposal for Overseas Territories (OTs) to make public registers revealing the names of beneficial owners of financial offshore companies on January 24, 2018, it was known that the next step would be to take the proposal to the House of Commons.

11 Responses to “‘Pray that God stay the hands of those voting’ on Public Register- Bishop Cline”

  • wize up (30/04/2018, 14:22) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    just a question: considering we have 365 days in a given year(how often do you hear from the church sector)????
    • @wize up (30/04/2018, 16:15) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      All the time! You just haven't paying attention or you are to blind to what the church has been saying because of your own conceite
      • wize up (30/04/2018, 20:00) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        @@ wize up: It was just a question no need to up all over me( you lost me with your last comment but that say)....reflections(more churches yet more lawlessness in our territory also far more police also more crimes)....say what you want because I am entitled to my opinion....one love
  • uncommon (30/04/2018, 15:09) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    so if it passes, should we all pull our pants down in appreciation?
  • GRANNY (30/04/2018, 15:23) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    well the dog dead now
  • Boo (30/04/2018, 16:53) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pray for money Pastor. Pray that your coffers overflow
  • focus (30/04/2018, 17:49) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is no jokeyyyy business, people need to focus on a big picture. This world is going down down and we are fighting with questions ? What will be... will be. SATAN running things now. So start and keep praying, more than ever. Pay attention and stay focus
  • Josiahsbay (30/04/2018, 19:08) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    If we as an OT have a right to self determination and our financial service is a vital asset to our well being we should challenge the UK for any obstruction to our self determining process. Everyone should have a right to there existence proving it doesn't infringe on another person or countries right to their existence. Under the UN charter I don't see how the UK can deny us of self support on our road to self determination. I would challenge them in the international courts. Their inability to get their citizens properly pay their taxes should not be our responsibility. They are just big bullies.
  • Bill passed (01/05/2018, 10:17) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Prayer did not work
    • @ Bill Passed (01/05/2018, 14:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      It remains to be seen!!! Notice the Bishop said:

      “So I am calling on the church to pray that God will stay the hands of those voting and financial services will remain intact or unaffected by this vote and that this vote will go in favour of the Overseas Territories.”

      So, time will tell if we will be unaffected by this vote and/or our Financial services will remain intact....

      Those that believe in the power of prayer, KEEP Praying!!! God will not give us more than we can handle.
  • Rubber Duck (02/05/2018, 21:03) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    People like Cline are part of the problem. Some of us know exactly what the British Foreign office thinks of his like.


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