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UK Report: OTs should remove belongership status, legalise same-sex marriage

-Sweeping changes for OTs like the BVI; Proposes force if not accepted
A United Kingdom (UK) parliamentary committee report is calling on the Theresa May-led administration to set a date for all Overseas Territories to remove belongership status, legalise same-sex marriages and implement the public beneficial ownership registries. Photo: Internet Source
In its report entitled, “Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the relationship”, the Committee said, “It is time for all OTs to legalise same-sex marriage and for the UK Government to do more than simply support it in principle. It must be prepared to step in, as it did in 2001 when an Order in Council decriminalised homosexuality in OTs that had refused to do so.” Photo: VINO/File
In its report entitled, “Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the relationship”, the Committee said, “It is time for all OTs to legalise same-sex marriage and for the UK Government to do more than simply support it in principle. It must be prepared to step in, as it did in 2001 when an Order in Council decriminalised homosexuality in OTs that had refused to do so.” Photo: VINO/File
LONDON, United Kingdom - A United Kingdom (UK) parliamentary committee report is calling on the Theresa May-led administration to set a date for all Overseas Territories (OTs) to remove belongership status, legalise same-sex marriages and implement the public beneficial ownership registries.

These are some of the sweeping recommendations handed down on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, by the UK parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee that looks into the future of the UK Overseas Territories relationship and the report goes on to further to say that, if it’s not adhered to, it should be imposed.

Legalise Same-Sex Marriage 

In its report entitled, “Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the relationship”, the Committee said, “It is time for all OTs to legalise same-sex marriage and for the UK Government to do more than simply support it in... It must be prepared to step in, as it did in 2001 when an Order in Council decriminalised homosexuality in OTs that had refused to do so.”

Another recommendation that has far-reaching consequences is removing belongership status and its equivalents. It said these provisions are wrong and is calling for UK residents to have voting rights and for them to be allowed to run for office in Overseas Territories.

It continued, “While we recognise that the OTs are small communities with unique cultural identities, we do not accept that there is any justification to deny legally-resident British Overseas Territory and UK citizens the right to vote and to hold elected office.”

Belongership elevates one group

Citing reasons for the removal of belongership, the report states that the status elevates one group of British people over another and risks undermining the ties that bind the UK and the OTs together in one global British family according to the report. 

The Committee also addressed the issue of public beneficial ownership registries, saying the UK government must “provide a clear and detailed timetable for the publication of registers of beneficial ownership in each OT – in line with Parliament’s recognition that this is a matter of national security.”

A copy of the report can be found by clicking here

Editor’s Note: Portions of this report was cited from cayman27.ky

45 Responses to “UK Report: OTs should remove belongership status, legalise same-sex marriage”

  • What? (21/02/2019, 19:38) Like (20) Dislike (48) Reply
    Look what the ndp has done to my country and I bet dr zzzzzz agreed to this
    • Jessica Jones (21/02/2019, 22:13) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ What? Look again I believe it was the other one 'Tantie Merle'.
    • Read (21/02/2019, 22:24) Like (39) Dislike (5) Reply
      All territories. The ndp has nothing to do with the committee’s recommendations.
    • @wHAT (21/02/2019, 23:25) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
      Please read and seek to comprehend before you post -- this is directed at all of the OTs, not just the BVI.
    • @What! (22/02/2019, 12:09) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      We’re you born stupid, or was it something you developed??
  • Eagle Eye (21/02/2019, 19:44) Like (39) Dislike (11) Reply
    Legalize marijuana not same sex.fire for that practice.
  • LEGALIZE IT (21/02/2019, 20:01) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    ...the Committee said: “It is time for all OTs to legalize same-sex marriage...”

    Like how they legalize adulterous marriages.
    • wize up (21/02/2019, 21:33) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ legalise it: let us see how many of them gather(the church) and march down to government house on the same sex conduct: recall when the church associates gathered then march on behalf of financial services(because of the money)....you will never see them (the church) organise a gathering and march against the same sex conduct because same sex behaviour is in the very same church(run with da fu now)
      • Get Real (22/02/2019, 06:29) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
        Who is the church? Please read your Bible Nd understand that we are all expected by God to serve, we are the church not a building.

        I see so many persons commenting how Christians should do this and that as though you’re exempted from the same expectations of God.
    • the bible (22/02/2019, 07:57) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Polygamy is legalized in some parts of the world. Adultery is legalized in many parts of the world. Homosexuality is legalized in some parts of the world. Legalization of these acts is from man not from the Almighty God. In the Bible the outcome of adulterers and homosexuals is the same.
  • Georgie (21/02/2019, 20:04) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply
    The beginning of the end ...
  • The TRUTH (21/02/2019, 20:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep playing fool and hiding from the truth.
  • wize up (21/02/2019, 20:49) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    8 years of political misconduct have eroded all what our forefather fought for and accomplished from the days of being labelled a bird sanctuary.
  • The TRUTH (21/02/2019, 20:58) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    How do the idiots who always calling for England to come take over feel now?
    • @ The TRUTH (22/02/2019, 08:32) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      They are not idiots, they saw what was happening and wanted a stop to be put to it. No stop was put and England saw there was no choice but to bring down a heavy hand. Now the innocent and the guilty will suffer. All those who quarrelled, although having Belonger status will now have the UK educated residents to compete against, so BVIslanders will be able to sit back and see how they handle this one now. Britain was giving those who believed they were so smart a chance to prove it. Time up!
  • ball head (21/02/2019, 21:15) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    I know 1 leader who will love gay marriage
  • new (21/02/2019, 21:18) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Change coming...
  • No (21/02/2019, 21:25) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Totally disagree. We have already lost our little place. Must we lose it some more? Goodness gracious!
  • Independence! (21/02/2019, 21:46) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    Relationship over completely! No more UK nations in the Caribbean. They feel we are to colored to have such beautiful wealthy nations... but I see a future that they will not believe. We are a God fearing nation. One nation under God! God’s got this one people! The devil will fall, and fall he must!!!
  • Their Master Plan (21/02/2019, 22:00) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    Gay rights, immigration laws changes, no prayer in schools, changing land ownership laws, land tax increases, land sold and overpriced, employment laws changes, crime rate increases, tourism industry falls and offshore banking relocate, massive UK population increase..systematic enslavery begins.
  • ... (21/02/2019, 22:18) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    the british are coming
  • Tadow (21/02/2019, 23:11) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Is the UK OUT OF THEIR DAM MIND? Please heavenly father please this world we live in is doomed deliver from all this and pain.
  • Kermit (22/02/2019, 04:35) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Would it be too much to publish the manifesto of all the parties? Oh and I mean even those of the independents, we want to see exactly what they're offering. Personally interested in the former deputies agenda going forward. And it would be nice the party head and independents be asked to tell give us their party's position on this matter before the election.
  • THE TRUTH (22/02/2019, 05:02) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mystery Babylon mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.
  • LISTEN UP (22/02/2019, 07:35) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    For all of you who don’t understand. The BVI don’t have a choice in this. The only choice the BVI have is to upkeep the belonger status until 2023. It’s either do what the UK says or go Independent and the BVI clearly not ready for independence. Sooooo bye bye belonger status
  • what did you think? (22/02/2019, 07:38) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    About 20 or so years ago, UK govt directed BVI govt to stop turning away arrivals because they wore dreadlocks- anyone else remember that? UK’s position was this was discriminatory behaviour based on religious choice. This is no different, as much as we may not like it. Belongers are free to elect a govt that severs ties with the UK (sure you want to give up 300 million’s worth of loan guarantees?) after which those that have them can turn in their UK passports.
    • @what do you think (22/02/2019, 11:39) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      They not the only ones who can guarantee. Dominica got more help than us from the rest of the world after Irma just because they were independent. We must have pride. When somebody is prepared to leave you no matter what you do, you must prepare yourself either to leave or be left. Plain and simple. It's time the BVI starts to pivot itself to be in a position to deal with its own independence. It's time.
  • Feel n Sad (22/02/2019, 09:56) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
    The British interfering in our elections . They clearly don't want to do business with NDP..They want them out. They think Belongers are NDP strong hold ...They clearly has a preference in VIP..VIP to them is more obedient they can get their way .Where by they see NDP as a Hurdle a stumbling block and can't get their way ..Its up to the Voters to charter the course ...VIP they get their way..NDP they don't get their way ..
    • @Feel N Sad (22/02/2019, 11:42) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      Really? The VIP's leader is on the FBI watch list still. Google his name. The UK never wanted the VIP from Ralph's days. In fact they warned Lavity about sanctioning Ralph. That's why Ralph and the Governors never got along. The UK wants Ronnie as Minister of Finance of this country. They couldn't care who else get in, once someone they can trust has the purse. We better vote wisely on Monday.
      • Hmmm (22/02/2019, 14:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        please....how many damn world leaders is on FBI and all kind of other lists...? you all just sickening now.... go do your google search...
  • Day Man (22/02/2019, 10:05) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    The UK can't just ram stuff down the throats of the Virgin Islands people. They need constitutional reviews and amendments and they should not have the right to impose their will on the VI. Might be blood in the sand. Or the VI can have serious independence talks. Don't give up. Don't give in. UK full ah everything.
  • Jay (22/02/2019, 11:49) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Superstitions aside, why are people so against gay marriage? If you're not gay, then its got nothing to do with you. If you are gay, then you and your partner can finally have the same rights as conventional couples.
    • @jay (22/02/2019, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Because if your creator ‘Jesus Christ’ was a superstition you would not be alive to ask these questions. Still, don’t ask us, ask Him.
  • The TRUTH (22/02/2019, 13:25) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is an ambush...check out the timing. This scenario is not by accident people wake up and realize that we are under attack. We have been for quite a while now but have been in denial with this mother country bulls..t. England has always been our invaders and oppressors. Sometimes I wonder if we don't know our history and the murderous atrocities that were committed against us. How can they now suddenly become our benefactors? Those who have been misleading you with this brainwash are just as guilty. It's sickening.... when will you damn fools wake up?
    • cromwell (23/02/2019, 06:33) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      No, it's your racist garbage that has bought you to this. Suggest you go to Britain and put a job advert in the paper stating belongers preferred. You would quickly become a guest in Her Majesties prison, and rightly so for such vile descrimination
  • cromwell (22/02/2019, 15:14) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    The UK gave the Overseas Territories self determination and the BVI has inwardly imploded because of that. Every government contract from the airport to the hospital has been a disaster financially, governments out of control. The BVI has earned billions of dollars over the years and it does not have a thing to show for it. Now, the country is devastated, close to bankrupt and the UK had to guarantee a 300 million loan with British tax payers money. There have been no audited government accounts for years, $7 million dollars was given away to a so called airline that's disappeared, and, 70 different contractors were used to build a small wall.
    Is it any wonder the UK has decided the BVI is incapable of governing itself. The
  • What God says (22/02/2019, 16:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    God did not like Sodom and Gomorrah. UK be careful. You are testing and playing with
    God. These are not our wishes.
  • watcher (23/02/2019, 07:21) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    The vip is the only party that can negotiate with the uk. Funny man will not be taken seriously
  • Ugg (23/02/2019, 11:20) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Same sex marriage needs to be legalize, legalize cannabis too.

    We the people took out no loans. We see no money, very little quality of life improvements.

    The people in power need to use the money wizely and stop putting chains around our necks. How soon can they pay back 300 million?

    Dont take the dumb loan, when we the people are still living poor with or without these loans. Free up the people, stop the economic slavery and let who want to marry same sex do so, let who want to plant and use cannabis do so.

    Jesus walked with non-beleivers & God gave us cannabis and free will for a reason. Ayo faith so weak that you can not see a sinner without joining the party?

    Or so weak that you dont believe cannabis is a god given herb bearing seed?

    We do not need politcal independance, we need to free our minds and learn to prosper.
  • Bun out de chi chi (23/02/2019, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guess wich leader loves this?
  • E. Leonard (23/02/2019, 13:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply


    The House of Commons and PFAC is floating some proposals, ie, belonger status, same sex marriage, beneficial ownership... ...etc that perhaps many VI residents may have a different view on. Undoubtedly, these proposals impinge on the culture, customs, norms, courtesies, religious preference........etc, of the VI people, along with affecting 1/2 of the economic twin pillars——-financial services. Consequently, many VI residents expect government to have urgent discussion(s) with the UK on the propsal.

    The VI people and government should not just roll over and accept the proposals without any discussions. It would be governing malpractice if government didn’t pursue discussions with the UK. Several parties leaders have already expressed concerns about the proposals. Anticipate that after the election dust has settled and a new government is sworn in a delegation will be on its way to London. The timing and the release of this report is interesting and adds more fuel to an already heated election. What was the down side to releasing this report in early March? Is this a Trojan Horse?
  • soon come (26/02/2019, 21:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What I see coming is one British Citizenship. The UK is going to get rid of Passport marked Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Bermuda, Anguilla and Turks & Caucus Islands. No more belongership, no more British Overseas Territorial Citizen, only British Citizen. This mean free movement amoung the territories and UK for all British.


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