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UK promises to include VI, other OTs in future Intl trade-agreements

United Kingdom’s (UK) Minister for International Trade, Gregory W. Hands. Photo: Internet Source
 News of the UK Minister’s commitment comes at the conclusion of bilateral talks held in London where Deputy Premier, Dr the Honourable, Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) spearheaded a Virgin Islands (VI) delegation. Photo: GIS
News of the UK Minister’s commitment comes at the conclusion of bilateral talks held in London where Deputy Premier, Dr the Honourable, Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) spearheaded a Virgin Islands (VI) delegation. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - United Kingdom’s (UK) Minister for International Trade, Gregory W. Hands, says the UK Government will seek to include the Overseas Territories (OTs) in future international trade agreements.

This after the fallout experienced as a result of the approved and royally sanctioned, Sanctions and Money Laundering Bill (S/AML).

News of the UK Minister’s commitment comes at the conclusion of bilateral talks held in London where Deputy Premier, Dr the Honourable, Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) spearheaded a Virgin Islands (VI) delegation.

Force Implementation

According to a Government Information Service (GIS) statement issued on June 15, 2018, Hon Pickering joined OT Leaders in expressing their discontent with the UK decision.

"The BVI supports the OTs' position that the UK overreached in the case of public registers and like other OTs, will challenge this attempt to force implementation in the territory," the Deputy Premier said.

The London meetings—Joint Ministerial Council: ‘Exiting the EU Negotiations’—included a special session on the UK-OT constitutional relationship in which the Overseas Territories challenged the UK Government’s position that the UK Parliament could legislate for the territories as it wished.

This was done in the case of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 that requires the OTs to adopt a public register before it is a global standard, but exempts the Crown Dependencies.

Hon Pickering was accompanied by acting Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Ms Dawn J. Smith and Director of the British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) London Office, Mr E. Benito Wheatley.

5 Responses to “UK promises to include VI, other OTs in future Intl trade-agreements ”

  • ccc (18/06/2018, 15:11) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Pure talk
  • second hand (18/06/2018, 19:27) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    well he wins, hands down. ha ha ha. fricken wonderbread white cheese whiz. how did england survive all
    this time anyway? pure crap. emaciated slaves of some underground alien who's flying saucer crashed in
    the british isles thousands of years ago. declared itself emperor of earth. probably wanted by the intergalactic
    patrol.
  • Hell no (20/06/2018, 01:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We want no part of your international trade agreements. New marching chant...Hell no! hell no! Independent we must go. BVI you are smarter than this. Stand for something or fall for anything.
    • Huh? (20/06/2018, 11:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So we don’t want trade?! We do t want the U.K. (and others) to recommend/ insist that BVI products and services be used going forward? Well how shall we support ourselves as a country? A few charter companies and a couple of hotels going to do it for us? This is exactly the proactive area we need to be in - if we are to be the global standard, let’s use that.
      • at Huh? (20/06/2018, 17:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        We have young people who are bright and have ideas! Learn to be independent. Smh!!


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