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UK has no intention to let OT MPs sit in House of Commons - Cayman Islands Governor

-Gov Martyn K. Roper says Bill proposal on subject unlikely to move forward
A draft bill that proposes Overseas Territory (OT) representation in the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament, House of Commons, by local elected Member of Parliament (MP), will likely be rejected by the UK Government. Photo: Internet Source
According to Governor Martyn K. Roper, 'This proposal is emphatically not one that the UK Government wishes to take forward. It raises significant practical challenges. It is therefore very unlikely to proceed further or be debated in Parliament,' he told the Compass in an email. Photo: Internet Source
According to Governor Martyn K. Roper, 'This proposal is emphatically not one that the UK Government wishes to take forward. It raises significant practical challenges. It is therefore very unlikely to proceed further or be debated in Parliament,' he told the Compass in an email. Photo: Internet Source
Meanwhile, Bermuda MP Thomas C. Famous has since accused the proponents of the bill of not engaging OT Governments before moving forward with the draft legislation. Photo: VINO/File
Meanwhile, Bermuda MP Thomas C. Famous has since accused the proponents of the bill of not engaging OT Governments before moving forward with the draft legislation. Photo: VINO/File
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - A draft bill that proposes Overseas Territory (OT) representation in the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament, House of Commons, by local elected Member of Parliament (MP), will likely be rejected by the UK Government.

This is according to Governor of the Cayman Islands, Martyn K. Roper who was quoted in local media, the Cayman Compass this week on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

The bill entitled Representation of the People, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories Bill was drafted by UK MPs John D. Penrose and Andrew R. Rosindell as well as a member of the Friends of the British Overseas Territories (FOTBOT) and former member of the States of Guernsey, Anthony Webber.

The group has been pushing the UK Parliament to give a voice to the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies who currently have no official representation in parliament.

UK Gov't won't take the bill forward - Governor Roper 

However, according to the Governor, “This proposal is emphatically not one that the UK Government wishes to take forward. It raises significant practical challenges. It is therefore very unlikely to proceed further or be debated in Parliament,” he told the Compass in an email.

Mr Roper pointed out that the issue is a subject that arises every few years, “Unsurprising given that support for the Overseas Territories crosses party lines and members of Parliament constantly look for ways to demonstrate that support,” he said.

The draft legislation was submitted to the UK Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’ for consideration in March this year, however, Andrew R. Rosindell, a British MP told the Compass there is no bill before the UK Parliament that would give Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies representation.

Meanwhile, Bermuda MP Thomas C. Famous has since accused the proponents of the bill of not engaging OT Governments before moving forward with the draft legislation.

No consultations with OTs - Bermuda MP Thomas C. Famous 

“First of all you have these white guys in England, who just sit up and say hey, let's go put together a Bill concerning the Overseas Territories but somebody says hey, shouldn't we talk to the overseas territory? No no no, we’ll put together the bill, we know what's best for them… so that the height of arrogance,” he said. 

Mr Famous was at the time speaking on radio programme ‘Motion to Adjourn’ on Bermuda’s Power 95.1 on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

The Bermuda MP further denounced the proposal for the Bill’s allowance of any UK citizen resident in an Overseas Territory including guest workers, to be able to participate in local elections. The Bill also allows for any British or Commonwealth Citizen residing in the overseas territories the right to run for the office of MP to Westminster.

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8 Responses to “UK has no intention to let OT MPs sit in House of Commons - Cayman Islands Governor”

  • DON Q (21/11/2020, 11:47) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    These set of oppressors at it again
  • Really (21/11/2020, 12:52) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Different island, another set of oppressors... even the blind can see some of these whites think they are superior.
  • facts (21/11/2020, 14:40) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hope the VIP fight against this crap we need our independence we need our freedom from these evil wicked colonizers
  • Burning fire hot (21/11/2020, 14:53) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    These are the slave masters children who are the oppressors, their intentions are nothing good for black people dont ever think for one second that they live you, they will use you to the last drop, wicked are they
  • ah whoa (21/11/2020, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wa yu bawling for? Yu want to eat yu cake and still have it. Take a seat and go siddung from meddling, millisin, taking up and puttin down.
  • E. Leonard (21/11/2020, 16:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most British Overseas Territory Citizens (BOTC) also simultaneously hold UK citizenship that gives them the right to live and work, since 2002. As such, they should have a voice and representation in parliament and the right to vote for UK prime minister. However, these rights will require some structural changes. OT residents will be required to pay taxes; of course, with taxes will come services. Freedom of movement, right to abode and right to work among OTs may need some structural adjustments. Rules may need to change that allow UK residents to stand for election in OTs. Nonetheless, will Britons see OT residents in far away lands that looks different, speaks differently, have different culture, heritage and customs.....etc as equals? The elephant in the room is racism. As much as it is downplayed, race is a factor and matters in a society that is deeply separate and unequal.

    Some sectors of the society feel entitled to special privileges and deserving of unearned advantages. Equal representation in the House of Commons for OTs will be a heavy lift. Will OT residents get appointed to the House of Lords? Doubt it. Perhaps the UK an follow what France did with its Overseas Departments. Residents in France’s Overseas Departments are French citizens and can vote for French President, National Assembly, Senate.... etc. Virgin Islanders need to urgently decide their political status. Time is critical, unrecoverable and is money. There is a fierce urgency of now.
  • The shoe on the other foot (22/11/2020, 01:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    People who are born here, grew up here are harassed and ridiculed in the legislature right here
  • Hilarious (22/11/2020, 13:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So you want representation in a country you don’t live in and most have never visited. That you don’t contribute to via taxes etc.
    Conversely you won’t give representation or voting rights to people who have lived in the BVI up to 20 years and pay taxes.


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