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VI will continue pushing for removal of reserved Order in Council– Premier tells UN C-24

- Special Committee on Decolonisation also told of unbalanced 'modern partnership' between UK & VI
Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley says the Virgin Islands will continue pressing the United Kingdom (UK) to remove its reserve Order in Council to suspend the local constitution if triggered. Photo: Internet Source
Governor Daniel Pruce in his first CoI Quarterly review published May 24, 2024, shared plans to request a final extension of the deadline for the full implementation of reforms in the VI from May 31, 2024 to August 31, 2024. Photo: GIS/File
Governor Daniel Pruce in his first CoI Quarterly review published May 24, 2024, shared plans to request a final extension of the deadline for the full implementation of reforms in the VI from May 31, 2024 to August 31, 2024. Photo: GIS/File
NEW YORK, NY, USA– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says the [British] Virgin Islands will continue pressing the United Kingdom (UK) to remove its reserve Order in Council to suspend the local constitution if triggered.

The Premier’s statement came during his June 10, 2024, delivery at the Special Committee on Decolonisation (C-24) hosted by the United Nations. The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples is also known as the Special Committee on Decolonisation, or C-24, which is currently in session from June 10 to 21, 2024.

Premier Wheatley said the need for the removal is because the relationship shared between the Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom is not one of modern partnership, even as there have been ongoing collaborations to reform the framework of the VI government over the past two years 

“Late last month, the UK governor stationed in the territory published his Office’s 6th quarterly review on the implementation of governance reforms. Importantly, it focused not only on the reforms being led by the duly elected government, but also those under the responsibility of the Governor himself."

Review 'largely positive' - Premier 

He told the UN C-24 that the quarterly review is largely positive, and his colleagues in government welcomed the balanced presentation provided.

Dr Wheatley also acknowledged that both the Governor and the duly elected government required more time to complete the governance reform programme. The UK and British Virgin Islands have agreed to complete implementing reforms by the end of August 2024.

Meanwhile, the Premier said he sees governance reforms as a vehicle by which to better position the Virgin Islands to achieve a full measure of self-government, as it continues on the path of self-determination.

“However, we remain opposed to the United Kingdom government policy of holding an Order in Council in reserve over the territory to suspend our Constitution if triggered,” he added.  

The Premier continued, “My administration will continue to encourage the United Kingdom Government to lift the Order in Council without delay.”

He said while the UK’s position remains that the order will be lifted when the governance reform programme is completed, the VI believes there should be no prerequisite to doing so if there is a genuine desire for partnership.

14 Responses to “VI will continue pushing for removal of reserved Order in Council– Premier tells UN C-24”

  • if yuh (11/06/2024, 12:51) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why the push? you don't plan to finish the last part of the coi reforms?

    if your gonna get it finished I'm sure it will be removed when you guys are done.
  • Citizen (11/06/2024, 13:19) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    "The UK and British Virgin Islands have agreed to complete implementing reforms by the end of August 2024."
    We all know damn well that your government will not make this deadline sir!
    “However, we remain opposed to the United Kingdom government policy of holding an Order in Council in reserve over the territory to suspend our Constitution if triggered,”
    The people you are working for are not opposed to the United Kingdom government policy of holding an Order in Council in reserve over the territory to suspend our Constitution if triggered, and we except this will have to happen after the reforms deadline is not kept in August.
  • coi (11/06/2024, 13:52) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can you please first get the roads fixed, solved violent crime, solve corruption, stop drug trafficking, stop unemployment, fix schools, clean up garbage, solve pension system, improve minimum wage and many many other priorities before you start playing head of state...
  • Keep pushing. (11/06/2024, 15:41) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    You will eventually succeed in pushing the BVI over the cliff.
  • Call bluff (11/06/2024, 16:09) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    All this dude doing is trying to prove the UK that they can't mess with him and impose no order. He realize they playing so he doing the hop scotch, catch me if you can. He will bring the country to its knees while he partying and don't know what hit him
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (11/06/2024, 16:20) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are you surprised? Premier Natalio Sujande Wheatley never had it in to comply with the CoI reforms, neither does he has it now.
    In my honest opinion I do believe that he seeks independence from the UK for mainly his own political ambitious, not the people of the British Virgin Islands.
    Our Premier should accept the fact that the UK is the political head of the BVI. Whether or not we like it, the UK more ownership rights to the BVI than us: Natives, belongers and residents.

    Our Premier does not have our best interest at heart. If he did, he would expose his true intentions to us, the people, that his intention is not to fulfill the forty-eight (48) CoI recommendation, that has been recommended for better political Governance for all the people of this British Overseas Territory.

    My opinion (belief) is that he, our current Premier want us to take side with him, rebel against the UK, hoping that the UK would back down, give BVI independence and he becomes the first President of the independent Virgin Islands. Oh what a tragedy that would be, far worse that now.

    I am well aware that some people, our Premier included, will disagree with my belief, but my belief is my belief, and the some of the people and the Premier belief are theirs. We all have the right to our personal opinions and beliefs, and also groups opinion and belief.
    • lol (12/06/2024, 21:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are spot on. His intention is to become Supreme Prince and Ruler of these Virgin Islands. He is cut from the same cloth as his predecessor but slicker. A slithering tongue and simple wit plays to the lowest denominator. He has attempted to created the illusion of a protagonist in the UK and presents himself as savior for us the peasants as he sees us. The dog whistles of racism, black vs white, colonialism, us and them is simple and seductive, but only to a few simpletons. His true intent and that of his minions is clear for those with eyes and it is clearly not in our best interest. George Orwell’s Animal Farm is clearly the playbook.
  • Josiahsbay (11/06/2024, 17:04) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Stop begging and challenge the UK in court concerning the Order in Council and stop pretending that we want self-determination.
  • Lancelot (11/06/2024, 21:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    To me, it’s a Contract between two parties; the parties being the BVI and the U.K. if the BVI wants the Order removed, all that needs to happen is that BVI fulfills their part of the Contract. They have been granted several extensions, with the final being August 31st 2024.

    It has been said that there are 18? Recommendations left to be completed and some of them fall under the Governor. So let’s see if those coupled with whichever ones are for the territory meet that deadline. And if not, what will happen to the Order.
    • Josiahsbay (12/06/2024, 08:23) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      The COI is a recommendation, not a contract. The VI contract with the UK is their constitution which provides means to change if desired which the UK seems to have no problem disregarding to serve their interest. Demand that they use proper means (Constitutional Review) to make changes.
  • WHAT!!! (11/06/2024, 22:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    No the VI is not pushing for the removal but most of our politicians are so that they can continue to do as they please with no one to hold them accountable for their very questionable actions.
  • jack (12/06/2024, 05:18) Like (0) Dislike (14) Reply
    Our independence is a must or else we dead we fed up with the UK
  • Mrs Tubman (12/06/2024, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We the people need want desire begging, please for Order in Council to remain..a temporary relief from the freefall we are experiencing. We need a breath of hope that a change will bring. Things cannot get worse,
  • ummm? (12/06/2024, 10:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    suspend the constitution, don't wait for them to rob us more. this country desperately needs oversight otherwise it will fail.


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