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Britain to adopt 'new approach' to improve collaboration with OTs

- Each UK gov't department to have assigned Minister responsible for department’s relationship with OTs.
The Palace of Westminster, which serves as the meeting place for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Britain will adopt a new approach to improve collaboration with the Overseas Territories (OTs), according to a statement from the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) on May 12, 2023. Photo:
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), left, with Minister of States for the Overseas Territories Hon Frank Z. R. Goldsmith while in the United Kingdom (UK) last week. Photo: GIS
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), left, with Minister of States for the Overseas Territories Hon Frank Z. R. Goldsmith while in the United Kingdom (UK) last week. Photo: GIS
UK Foreign Secretary James S. Cleverly has said the UK and the Overseas Territories 'are family and united by shared values'. Photo:
UK Foreign Secretary James S. Cleverly has said the UK and the Overseas Territories 'are family and united by shared values'. Photo:
LONDON, United Kingdom- Britain will adopt a new approach to improve collaboration with the Overseas Territories (OTs), according to a statement from the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) on May 12, 2023.

This new approach includes each government department having an assigned Minister responsible for their department’s relationship with the OTs.

In an official statement, the JMC, which met last week, said it welcomed an announcement from the Foreign Secretary of a “new UK Government strategy” on the OTs.

“We look forward to collaborating in its development, setting the direction for a relationship firmly based on the principles of collaboration and mutual interest,” the statement said.

“The OTs further welcome that each government department will have an assigned Minister responsible for their department’s relationship with the Territories.

“These ministers will meet as a group chaired by the Minister for the Overseas Territories.”

'We are family & united by shared values'- UK Foreign Secretary

Foreign Secretary James S. Cleverly said: “This Joint Ministerial Council demonstrates the importance of the partnership between us – we are family and united by shared values. I look forward to working together on the UK's overseas territories strategy, solidifying our relationship on the principles of collaboration and mutual interest.”

While the OTs may be united by shared values, there are some values that are not shared, such as the legalisation of same-sex marriages, which the OTs have been resisting despite pressure from London.

The Virgin Islands was represented at the JMC by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) and Deputy Premier Hon Lorna G. Smith, OBE (AL).

26 Responses to “Britain to adopt 'new approach' to improve collaboration with OTs”

  • HAHA (15/05/2023, 10:07) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    Andrew would NOT have allowed this. This looks like direct rule undercover. Get the UK ministers directly involved then suspend the constitution at will and get rid of the local ministers. Sowande, go and get advice from your brother. When does the HOA start. We need the opposition to state a better strategy fast. This one comes with all kinds of risk. Sowande is not smart enough to be making any decisions. NO CONFIDENCE.
    • Madussa (15/05/2023, 19:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      This guy Cleverly has the wrong name. He thinks he is clever but is not. He stated the UK and the OTs are families and united by shared values. Boy, they really brainwashed him making him play the part of the Court Jester. What families and what shared values? Just ask those racist scandalous so-called royals who treat their 1/2 Black daughter-in-law like SHEET acting as though they are better than her! So what makes you think they give a rat's behind how the OTs are treated? Even Cleverly is dark enough for them to use him to do their dirty speaking for them. None of you are our family and will never feel the pain of your open RACISM! This had to be said!
  • Kye (15/05/2023, 10:46) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    Calling on Kye to join the opposition and form the government for the sake of the country. An irrecoverable train wreck is waiting to happen if he does not.
    • @Kye (15/05/2023, 12:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I do not support VIP but I do not support what you are suggesting. I do support us working together for a better BVI. No one has to move from side to side to do such. Unity is what is needed now more than ever to fight off the evil plans of the colonial masters for us as a people.
      • I support working together too (16/05/2023, 07:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        ...but can the premier be trusted when he is in the loose? They were working together as a unity government when he unilaterally made that deal with usvi governor, was he not? Time will tell.
  • Youth (15/05/2023, 10:55) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    We must resist being enslaved again at all cost. Do not trust these people.
  • flow (15/05/2023, 11:11) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I smell trouble
  • @flow (15/05/2023, 11:25) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I second the motion.
    This smells like a 'take over.' BVI people 'stay woke.'
  • NezRez (15/05/2023, 11:41) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Britain adopted a more underhanded approach trying to trick us into letting our guard down like they did the Native Americans, and then it was too late. NEVER TRUST YOUR ENSLAVERS AGAIN!
  • Comment (15/05/2023, 12:07) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    We need to vote for our Premier!
  • Start here (15/05/2023, 12:08) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Make the Governor post an elected position.
  • Come on (15/05/2023, 12:10) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The UK have our elected officials reporting to UK Public Servants who report to the UK Ministers of Parliament. This is disrespectful and needs to be discontinued immediately.
  • Please take time to read (15/05/2023, 12:12) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    The BVI must keep improving but the Governor & his UK bosses are not acting in the BVI best interest but trying to fool the people of thr BVI otherwise. Take a minute and look at their actions, or non actions over the years...

    1) The Public Service which is under their responsibility & have failed it for the past 40yrs & using the well organized COI to cover up their neglect & failure & trying to put all the blame on elected officials.
    2) Block the passing of BVI medicinal Marijuana laws passed in HOA which would have brought in millions of dollars of needed revenue like it is doing in the UK & other countries but instead the UK is directing & dictating the BVI pass same sex marriage which has no financial or social benefits.
    3) Not once in the last 50 years have the UK ever made a Caribbean OT person a Governor. This would have showed they were serious in helping OTs mature to the next level. As a matter of fact it is only recently they have attempted to respect women and made one a Governor in 2019 in Bermuda. What hypocrisy. What an insult.
    4) The Governor & his UK bosses are always using the new controlling buzz word good governance. Yet they refuse to have the Governor & all Uk public officers serving in the BVI & other OTs to register their interests locally with the register of interest Act in the island where they are serving as all elected & public officers are required to do by law. How do they get to be above the law especially with all the rumors of questionable conduct by some while serving in the OTs.
    5) Rightfully insisting transparency in awarding of contracts through the tender process. Yet they neglected to do so when they hired the Commissioner of the COI in BVI. They hand picked that person. They gave him the Terms of Reference written by them to get out what they wanted. They gave him staff from their office. All this and more and then trying to fool us once again the process and outcome were all transparent and done independent of them. What a set up. If an elected official did such the actions would have been called out and condemned.
    6) Their pre-determined COI recommendations excluded the neglect of duty by the Governor & his responsibilities but we should expect this as they will not look into themselves.
    7) The Governor is now sowing seeds of discord knowing full well most of the recommendations will be difficult or near impossible to implement and the timeframe given to do so is also unrealistic and unreasonable. What another well organized set up.
    8) The Governor is over the police and watched numerous senior officers retire in the last 10yrs and had absolutely no succession plan in place to replace them which is by design so they can now take over the force with imported UK Officers. To retire you would have had to work for at least 25yrs so no one's retirement from the Police Force should take anyone by surprise. Another failure of theirs that is being covered up.
    9) After Irma they brought in a war ship with thousands of body bags as they thought the BVI people were all dead. They did not give the BVI any significant help. Not a loan. Not grants like they gave to other Caribbean Countires who are not under them as an Overseas Territory. Imagine they gave a loan guarantee in which the conditions of such guarantee dictated who the loan must be received from as well as the UK being in full control of the BVI budget and economy for the life of the loan which was for the next 30 to 40yrs. This was tantamount to direct rule. Probably this is why they called the COI to do what the loan guarantee plot did not achieve.
    10) The Governor & his bosses left the BVI to fend for themselves during Covid as they said publicly when the BVI Government requested grants & assistance that the BVI must use their own resources to help the BVI people as the UK has to now do the same for their UK residents. Long after is when they supplied vaccines. Again they thought this would have been the end of the BVI economy and all they would have to do in the end was step in & seen as the saviors. When that did not work they move on to the next plan the COI.
    11) While the BVI was suffering & dying from Covid the UK launch a well organized COI on the BVI with predetermined outcomes to try to achieve what all their other efforts failed to do. Yet in the UK where there were increasing allegations of corruption especially in the handling of Covid, they decided it was not in the best interest of the people of the UK to do a COI as it would consume time & resources that is needed to save lives from Covid. What a DOUBLE STANDARD.
    12) Let us not forget years ago the UK implemented an At-Large system in the BVI that does not exist anywhere else in this form. They were advised it will not work. However, once again they did it to get out Lavity but as usual the BVI being resilient found how to overcome.
    13) They could not cripple the BVI with the At-Large system, nor the conditions of the loan guarantee, nor by not helping with Irma in a meaningful way, nor with Covid. Now the new plan is to use the two Orders in Council for financial services & the country overall through their pre-authored COI recommendations.

    I will stop there for now. I am not saying the BVI does not need to improve in many areas but which country doesn't. As a people we are just as educated and experienced as them so we need to stop letting them make us think we are not good people and we are not worthy to lead ourselves. It is time to get out of this abusive relationship. It is time for independence as they will never move in the BVI's best interest although they always will say otherwise or look like they are doing otherwise through their always well calculated actions. The BVI is a resilient people & they cannot understand how they have not conquer the BVI as yet but God is with the BVI through their Prayers to Him. They have the BVI & Caribbean OTs as property and not as people. This will never change.
  • Never will work (15/05/2023, 12:16) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    The UK will never respect the OTs and see them as equals and partners in the true sense of the word. They see themselves as superior and the OTs, especially the Caribbean OTs as property and not people.
  • Amazed (15/05/2023, 12:19) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am always amazed by those who see the UK as saviors. This means they do not research and also watch the UK news to know what all is taking place in the UK. They are worse off than the OTs. Their UK residents are crying out for help & better leadership.
  • reality (15/05/2023, 12:21) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    A UK country which changed their Prime Minister three times in two years is all of a sudden a beacon of hope for stability and prosperity. SMDH.
  • The TRUTH (15/05/2023, 12:21) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    No we do not have shared values. it's arrogant of you to say this.
  • open wide (15/05/2023, 12:21) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Independence is a must
    • Good Job Vino (15/05/2023, 15:30) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      VINO you must be congratulated for always posting blogs for or against any topic/story especially ones dealing with the Governor, UK, the BVI people & progress, and our elected leaders. The other red, white & blues online news site starting with BVIN#@$ is clearly pro Governor, UK, and anything negative against the people of the BVI and our leaders. They mostly only post blogs in their favor. I guess they have a role to play in this ongoing plot to destabilize the BVI but do it with clean hands so the BVI people can be fooled and thereby cry out to them to save us when in fact they the ones who are trying to destroy us.
  • 2023 (15/05/2023, 12:25) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Divided We will continue to Fall BUT United We Shall Stand: Look how easy it is for the Former Slave Masters to run come in and push our back against the wall: make some of us think 1834 never existed

    run chat dat
  • sorry (15/05/2023, 12:43) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    but the BVI missed the independence train back in the 70's when most of the down islands declared independence from the UK. In the 21st century the accelerating gravity of the UK's worldwide influence is attracting all the OT's into the House of Commons where each OT will seat 1 or 2 MP's in Parliament. No more Foreign Office Governors just a Mayor and a small council of BVI islanders to operate the much smaller civil service. The UK government will employ all the personnel to perform the duties of the police, military, customs, immigration, border security, etc. Similar to the USVI the idea of independence will become impossible.
  • SOS (15/05/2023, 15:20) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    UK takeover a must.
    Bvi is currently under takeover by gangs of motor bikers with guns drugs with close ties with members of local Government.
    • @sos (15/05/2023, 17:13) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yeah, right as if the UK has no gangs, no drugs, no corruption, no poverty, no infrastructure issues, no leadership issues, absolutely no problems. They are Heaven on earth. Oh please...get with reality and stop letting them brainwash you to think they are our saviors.
      • Ree Ali Tee (15/05/2023, 17:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        The UK can afford policemen. The VI cannot. Without the UK there will be zero police and prisoners loose. BVI also needs a second prison really bad
        Only those involved in the drug trade,human trafficking,drugs, guns and Gov thieving want Tola to be Indpendent like Jamaica and the other shiitte holes in the Caribbean.
        In addition BVI passport will be only good as toilet paper.
  • Josiahsbay (15/05/2023, 18:46) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The UK is selling us a bridge the same old bait-and-switch scam. Change the name on the door but have the same old policy in place. Perfume and dress up the s**t but when you get past the garnishment it still has the stench.
  • NezRez (16/05/2023, 21:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Josiahsbay. Wow! I couldn't have said it better. Always something FISHY going on with them trying to trick us.

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