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VI wins big in fight against UK over beneficial registers

-Lawmakers now fighting with Ministers over implementation, Bishop Cline welcome the move
VI wins big in fight against UK over beneficial registers. Photo: Internet Source
The Virgin Islands (VI) ‘Decision March’, in May 2018 held on Tortola, organised by Bishop John I. Cline, was accompanied by a petition that was submitted to the UK Parliament. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands (VI) ‘Decision March’, in May 2018 held on Tortola, organised by Bishop John I. Cline, was accompanied by a petition that was submitted to the UK Parliament. Photo: VINO/File
Acting Governor David D. Archer (pictured at centre) has been tasked with ensuring that the signed petition be sent to the Queen. Photo: VINO/File
Acting Governor David D. Archer (pictured at centre) has been tasked with ensuring that the signed petition be sent to the Queen. Photo: VINO/File
According to Bishop, John I. Cline, “the move is a significant win for those that fought against the implementation of the Registers in the VI the rest of the OTs and further demonstrates that when you are pushed beyond reason, you must fight back collectively.” Photo: VINO/File
According to Bishop, John I. Cline, “the move is a significant win for those that fought against the implementation of the Registers in the VI the rest of the OTs and further demonstrates that when you are pushed beyond reason, you must fight back collectively.” Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Lawmakers in the United Kingdom (UK), are currently divided over the implementation of the Public Beneficial Registers in the Overseas Territories (OTs) and are accusing the May’s Government of delaying its plans.

The row was brought to light recently by a UK Guardian newspaper article on January 11, 2019, under the caption, ‘British OTs win reprieve after threatening legal action or cessation.’

The Virgin Islands (VI)  ‘Decision March’, in May 2018 held on Tortola and organised by Bishop John I. Cline, was accompanied by a petition that was submitted to the UK Parliament together with a letter from the BVI Christian Council, also headed by Cline.

The Christian Council was a proponent for more time, for the implementation of such draconian measures.

The ‘Decision March’ petition had found the support of over 3,000 signatures from persons across the Territory, calling on the UK to stay the decision.

 Parliament Attacks Law Makers

The UK Parliament is now accusing the government of delaying plans, “to require the British OTs to bring in the public registers.”

It appeared at first that the registers were supposed to be implemented by 2020, but the Foreign & Commonwealth  Office, according to the Guardian recently, indicated otherwise, and said that the OTs were now required to have the registers implemented by 2023.

This is three years after the MPs thought they had set as a deadline by law in the debates last May 2018. According to the Guardian’s article, the MPs (Members of Parliament) in the UK are now attacking the Ministers of government over delays to having the beneficial registers implemented in the VI, Cayman, Bermuda, and the other Overseas Territories.

 New Time table

The new timetable, according to at least one MP, the Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge, “is a sleight of hand and its an attempt to ignore the clear will of parliament.”

MPs are now also saying that it was not clear that the ‘Order in Council’ should be introduced in 2020. While MP Hodge contends that it was not the Order, but the registers itself was supposed to come into being in 2020.

The Guardian has reported that there is now the fear in the UK among MPs—voiced by Hodge—that with the UK Elections slated for 2021, this opens up the possibility of the deadline—now pushed pass the UK elections—will be pushed beyond 2023. 

According to Bishop John I Cline, “the move is a significant win for those that fought against the implementation of the Registers in the VI the rest of the OTs and further demonstrates that when you are pushed beyond reason, you must fight back collectively.”

 He said, “we are very pleased with the delay in the decision by the FCO to side with the Overseas Territories” 

The Organizer of the ‘Decision March’ noted that “getting five years is definitely a good start…it’s a victory for the OTs, and I want to thank the UK Ministers who help us in the push back,” the Bishop stated. 

Hon. Pickering Vindicated?

It was the Deputy Premier, Dr the Honourable, Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) who indicated in his speech at the ‘Decision March,’ that if the UK were to continue to bully its OTs such as the VI in the way it was doing, then “it was time that we try to seek a different type of relationship.”

Dr Pickering had taken some flack over his statement which many interpreted to mean that he was suggested the VI secede from the UK or go independent. 

Yet, the matter is now popping up in the UK headlines and it appears that the voices in the OTs did not go on deaf ears.

10 Responses to “VI wins big in fight against UK over beneficial registers ”

  • wowww (16/01/2019, 11:30) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    That’s awesome thanks to the people of the Virgin Islands & everyone that made this a success the offshore persons that supported the BVI in the Uk..
  • ... (16/01/2019, 11:32) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    they will not stop
  • rastaman (16/01/2019, 12:43) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is great news! We also have to keep in mind that we may have won a battle but the war is not over. Kudos to all involved.
  • okay (16/01/2019, 14:36) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Don't forget that we have to thank Fahie and the Premier for going to the UK to fight on our behalf as a Territory.
  • FAHIE HILL (17/01/2019, 03:50) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    This has not come about as a result of anything to do with Cline. It’s because it was never the policy of the British Government to have the register. It was the opposition Labour Party that wanted it and the government was too wrapped up in Brexit to stand against it.
    They were relying on delaying it like they are now. Nothing to do with peoples march.
  • Mercy me (17/01/2019, 04:00) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who made John Cline a Bishop?
    • MY Bishop (17/01/2019, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      YOU YEARS LATE
    • Bishop (17/01/2019, 10:21) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      In 1 Timothy 3:1–7 we read,

      “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer [bishop], he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
    • lower estate (17/01/2019, 15:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I've often wondered that. What Diocese does he lead? None, you say? How can that be?
      How strange. We need answers. Maybe he just calls himself a Bishop, much as I call myself Doctor occasionally.
      Or maybe he really is a bishop. Anyone know the answer?
  • Candida (17/01/2019, 15:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So basically anyone who is so conceited as to think he or she is not conceited can be a Bishop! Looks like Trump is a bishop then.... Cline is in good company. He might want to rethink claiming to be a bishop having read what you posted as people less kind than me might say he is not fit for purpose.


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