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'Relationship between USVI & VI at an all-time high’– Premier Wheatley

- says Gov’t looking into cross-border issues between the two countries as it relates to tourism
VI Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley and USVI Governor Albert Bryan Jr.. Photo: Internet Source
The Premier was at the time addressing the topic of tourism and border issues between the USVI and VI and its impacts on the tourism industry on the Monday, November, 21, 2022, edition of 'Da Morning Braff' with Floyd Burnett on Tola Radio VI 100.5 FM. Photo: Facebook/File
The Premier was at the time addressing the topic of tourism and border issues between the USVI and VI and its impacts on the tourism industry on the Monday, November, 21, 2022, edition of 'Da Morning Braff' with Floyd Burnett on Tola Radio VI 100.5 FM. Photo: Facebook/File
FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said the relationship between the Virgin Islands (VI) and US Virgin Islands (USVI) is now at a high and that talks are ongoing to address cross border issues.

“Right now, the relationship between the USVI and the BVI is at an all-time high and actually the relations had started to become strained… and we took the step of trying to strengthen the relationship again,” Dr Wheatley remarked.

The Premier was at the time addressing the topic of tourism and border issues between the USVI and VI and its impacts on the tourism industry on the Monday, November 21, 2022, edition of 'Da Morning Braff' with Floyd Burnett on Tola Radio VI 100.5 FM. 

“We right next to each other, and we have so much potential for cooperation and for growth. I know there are some people who are pushing this narrative of let's fight against the USVI, I don’t believe in that at all. I believe we must look out for what’s fair for the BVI and also what's fair for the USVI,” Premier Wheatley stated.

Both sides can benefit from negotiations - Premier 

He added that once there is reciprocity on both sides, it is a win for everyone across the two territories.

“So let’s try to see how we can make a difference so that when we need the USVI, if we are trying to negotiate ferries… because they know that these [VI] guys trying to be fair to us,” he added.

When questioned on later ferry runs between the two countries, Premier Wheatley said while he has to check with the Deputy Premier and Minister of Communications and Works, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R2) on the topic, the relations between the VI and USVI remain strong and whatever could be done will be done.

20 Responses to “'Relationship between USVI & VI at an all-time high’– Premier Wheatley”

  • Lb (23/11/2022, 18:07) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    Good relationship to this moo moo means selling out the bvi
    • Stop thief people name (23/11/2022, 18:34) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
      Relationship at a high because they have been eating our tourism food while you and the head coach had BVI closed forever. So they are feeling good! Took Moorings and Marine Max from us. They had money from tourism revenue to fix all of their airports. Modernized their waterfront. Attracting more charter yachts than ever in USVI history. Of course they are happy with us. Our tourism leadership weaker than ever before. From top down none have real experience in promoting tourism. Does the premier even know how BVI tourism works?
  • myron (23/11/2022, 20:05) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    The usvi eating our lunch
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (23/11/2022, 20:14) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Relationship between the USVI and VI at an all-time high"- Premier Wheatley.

    The above statement may or may not be a true one, but what is surely a true statement is that the relationship between the UK and the BVi, especially under the last VIP administration, and the current Unity Government is at an all-time low. Who are mostly is to be blame?
    Most of the people of the BVI know who. Can I tell you who? Politicians, most of them, past and present share in the blame (political finances mismanagement

    The USA is the political head of the USVI. The UK is the political head of the BVI. The USVI is not at war with the USA, but many of us are ignorantly at war with the UK.
    How much more ignorant can some of us become into thinking that the USVI is more useful to us than the UK currently.is to us at this time in BVI history?

    I am convinced that almost everyone can lead, if people chose to follow in the direction that they are headed. In mine, and the majority of our people honest opinion our current Premier is unqualified to lead us to a better future. Only the blind can't see this truth. Only the those that lack proper knowledge or don't care for various reasons would vote dislike.

    The truth is the truth.
    Vote your conscience. Like or dislike.
  • Dick (23/11/2022, 21:08) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    First thing needed to be done is you all need to get this BVI out of your mouths!

    It’s VIRGIN ISLANDS damnit!

    When you have this undocumented name labeling these islands incorrectly you will never overcome your challenges.
    • To Dick (24/11/2022, 07:09) Like (9) Dislike (12) Reply
      I have been saying the same thing. The same people who are standing up to the British are calling themselves British. They never say Virgin Islands. It’s the weirdest thing…
  • Hmm (23/11/2022, 22:00) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Natalio u need to resign and call an election after the holidays.
  • ALL TIME HIGH ? (23/11/2022, 23:38) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    WHAT HAVE YOU TWO GUYS BEEN SMOKING ????
  • Why the down playing (24/11/2022, 00:20) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    He really down playing the fact that he was just pu55y footed into making a move under a threat? Look at how the premier of the the virgin islands is being spoken to by the USVI. Who would speak to Myron like that? Think about it.
  • old fool (24/11/2022, 00:47) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Governor Bryan just retained his seat so let's hope this mumu geh back his
  • Dancing with the Stars (24/11/2022, 04:09) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    The Hon, Premier is trying his best to lead the B.V.I to a safe destination not on the figurative reef as the N.D.P did. Without an extended airport we should be thankful that the tourists are coming through the U.S,V.I. Do we have enough rooms for an influx of large amounts of tourists. Certainly NO. When we have greater number of tourists and inadequate hotel rooms it will be another problem.
    Have we considered our tourist carrying capacity. We must thank the governor of the U.S.V.I for facilitating the movement of tourists to our shores. Until we extend our airport, we should be very grateful to our neighbor for what we are getting in terms of tourists. We failed to take into consideration that the U.S.V.I is a part of the U.S and the cost of travelling is cheaper than coming here. Let us be thankful for the tourists that are coming through the U.S.V.I. Thank you Hon. Premier for doing your best. I will vote for in the next General Election.

  • and guess what (24/11/2022, 07:38) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    The USVI IS GOING TO CONTINUE EATING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER ON THE BVI. IF YOU CONTINUE TO FEED A STRAY CAT THAT COMES AROUND YOUR HOME OF COURSE YOU AND THE STRAY CAT IS GOING TO DEVELOP A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE YOU ARE FEEDING THE CAT.
  • home boy (24/11/2022, 07:48) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    It seems to me that these new Bvilanders who parents came from the eastern Caribbean doesn’t know the history between the BVI and the USVI, almost 70 percent of people in the USVi ancestors came from the BVI ,and there has always been a history between these islands, so you eastern Caribbean descend shut the hell up you don’t know what you are talking about.
    • @Home Boy (24/11/2022, 09:12) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
      Thank you, the people from the Eastern Caribbean knows nothing about the relationship that the USVI AND TORTOLA HAVE. MY GREAT GRAND FATHER, GRANDFATHER, GRANDFATHER GRANDMOTHER AND MOTHER THAT WAS BORN AND TAISED ON TORTOLA WORKED FOR MANY YEARS IN ST. THOMAS. I AM SICK OF THESE PEOPLE COMING HERE TALKING SMACK WITHOUT KNOWING ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE USVI AND TORTOLA. I AGREE, SHUT THE HELL UP AND DO YOUR RESEARCH. JUST A LITTLE THROW BACK, WE DON’’T PUT CARROTS IN OUR PEAS SOUP OR EAT SHARK MEAT. ENJOY THE REST OF THE DAY.
      • @@Home Boy (24/11/2022, 12:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Anddddddd, you forgot about iguana, curry duck, curry eggs or curry liver.
  • cap (24/11/2022, 08:30) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Of course the relationship is high, you sold out and gave them everything they wanted
  • The Slip Hammer (24/11/2022, 09:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was going to comment but I forgot what I was going to say.
  • The TRUTH (24/11/2022, 09:29) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    Yea, they bark orders and ultimatums and we scramble to obey like lil children. All time high. SMH.
  • yeah we know (24/11/2022, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    It's a love connection , I have to ssk my friend , the historian if our ancestors were called ( Island people when they went there , in those days ????
  • Norris Turnbull (24/11/2022, 22:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All time high!! My butt. Bryan intentionally stiffled our a$$ During Covid


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