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‘The days of bullying are gone’- Premier to UK Gov't

- says if no amendments to UK loan guarantee stipulations, no signature
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in his contention to re-negotiate stipulations surrounding the UK loan guarantee has reaffirmed that no agreement will be signed unless certain amendments are made. Photo: GIS/File
In a September 2, 2019, correspondence from the Director of British Overseas Territories, Ben Merrick's, the UK official has accused the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government of causing engagements between the Virgin Islands (VI) and the United Kingdom (UK) to weaken since taking office in February 2019. Photo: UK GOV
In a September 2, 2019, correspondence from the Director of British Overseas Territories, Ben Merrick's, the UK official has accused the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government of causing engagements between the Virgin Islands (VI) and the United Kingdom (UK) to weaken since taking office in February 2019. Photo: UK GOV
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in his contention to re-negotiate stipulations surrounding the United Kingdom (UK) Loan Guarantee has reaffirmed that no agreement will be signed unless certain amendments are made.

He said unless the UK agrees to make the changes, “what you’d be doing is saying well alright since you’re not changing, I’m going to sign off, knowing fully well that I’m signing off to give away the country in a nutshell,” Premier Fahie noted on the Tuesday, September 3, 2019, edition of ‘Honestly Speaking’ with Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on ZBVI 780 AM.

UK trying to make Gov’t look bad – Premier

Accusing Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert of working with the UK to project a negative image about the territory, Premier Fahie said, “Even with the letter that came out lately… I guess that it was prompted by the local agent to make them look good and try to make the Premier look bad,” he said.

The letter in question is a September 2, 2019, correspondence from the Director of British Overseas Territories, Ben Merrick, accusing the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government, amongst other claims, that engagements between the Virgin Islands (VI) and the United Kingdom (UK) have weakened since taking office in February 2019.

Premier Fahie has since denied the allegations, calling it 'untrue and shocking' while promising to release the dates of his correspondence with the UK top brass.

“We have to get specific language, that we are clear in these documents before we sign and the days of bulling people because [they] might have more battleships than us, are gone,” Premier Fahie said.

Negotiations must happen - Hon Fahie 

The Premier said the territory is in the middle of a revolution and therefore, must negotiate what is best in the territory’s interest.

“I cannot as the leader of this country in good conscience, just sign off because I’m being bullied to sign off, knowing that the language is vague and it’s not precise,” he said.

The Premier is scheduled to travel to the UK this week.

7 Responses to “‘The days of bullying are gone’- Premier to UK Gov't ”

  • Donald Fahie (09/09/2019, 10:42) Like (40) Dislike (12) Reply
    It at it again. Get the recovery going Fahie and stop playing politrics!
    • x (10/09/2019, 08:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      We can't sell our souls just to say we are rebuilding fast. We just might have to take our time and rebuild at our own pace. Have you ever considered what the stipulations might be in order for us to get those loans. The only thing we are hearing about is the interest rate, but there are things we will have to give up. If the UK really cared about us, they would have helped us rebuild a long time ago. Tell them thanks, but no thanks.
  • lordie (09/09/2019, 11:00) Like (14) Dislike (28) Reply
    We with you Brox Bummer thank God for you, if it was funny man or Mr. ZZZZZ they will have sell out as the UK got things on them, they have nothing on you, so you can stand your grounds
  • pat (09/09/2019, 16:45) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ok Fahie we understand the pressure you're in, lets get the negotiations going ASAP.
  • Greg (09/09/2019, 19:59) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    I am proud of your actions Mr. Premier! Let's get the ball rolling. I support your efforts.
  • musa (09/09/2019, 22:50) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Rebuilding our own self.
  • VG Resident (10/09/2019, 08:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    My take on this is the UK government is doing the BVI a favor in guaranteeing a loan from a bank. The uk has nothing to gain from this, in fact they might have something to lose if the BVI does not pay back the loan. This is not a game, either you want the guarantee or you don't. Again there is nothing in it for the UK. I agree with the UK in asking for control of the funds received from the loan to make sure they are wisely used and not wasted. Too much money is wasted in the BVI on stupid projects that line someones pocket. Stop the games!


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