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‘VI’s actions towards UK must not be reactions’ – Skelton-Cline

- Calls for gov't & religious organisations to work towards building VI's future
Commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline has said the territory should always be paying attention to the mother country, to monitor situations there that could potentially have impacts on the territory. Photo: North West Flags
ZBVI ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on the Tuesday, July 30, 2019 edition of his radio show said the policies and actions of the Virgin Islands should not be reactions to UK policies. Photo: Facebook
ZBVI ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on the Tuesday, July 30, 2019 edition of his radio show said the policies and actions of the Virgin Islands should not be reactions to UK policies. Photo: Facebook
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, left, will replace Theresa M. May, right, as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Photo: AFP
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, left, will replace Theresa M. May, right, as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Photo: AFP
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - With Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, now at the helm of government in the United Kingdom, the Virgin Islands (VI) and other British Overseas Territories (OT’s) should be on high alert for a renewed push of policies that they view as an overreach by the colonial power.

These sentiments were expressed by ZBVI ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on the Tuesday, July 30, 2019 edition of his radio show on ZBVI 780am where he said the actions of the VI must not be reactions to UK policies and BEXIT, rather the territory must plan ahead.

Coming together

“We have to continue to ready ourselves in a proactive way, our actions must not be reactions… we have to be proactive we have to make decisions right now that would determine our tomorrows,” Skelton-Cline said in nothing that both government and religious organisations must come together to formulate VI’s strategy.

Mr Skelton-Cline continued, “We call upon all of us, this is the time and this is the hour for a talk on the constitutional reform, this is the time, this is the hour for a commission to be put in place that begins to lay out a path where we get to a more self-determined future.”

He said the territory should always be paying attention to the mother country, to monitor situations there that could potentially have impacts on the territory.

“Wherever you are, begin to have this conversation about who we are going to be as a people, pay attention to what’s happening in the region [and] on the international stage.”

Situation in UK

“The chances are that they might be a new election, the fact is that in the case of financial services and the beneficial ownership… we can expect that this whole issue will come back up again in September… chances are the parliament in the UK is going to vote to move where we have to make these registers public,” Skelton-Cline said.

Over in the UK, Mr Johnson has replaced Theresa M. May, who announced her resignation as Prime Minister in June 2019 after Parliament repeatedly rejected the withdrawal agreement she struck with the 28-nation bloc, leaving Britain stranded in Brexit limbo.

The UK had proposed to leave the EU in March 2019 and with the exodus now long overdue, Mr Johnson has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by October 31, 2019.

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