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Governor open to talks about withdrawing UK’s Order In Council

Governor John Rankin and Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley.

Governor John Rankin has said he is open to having discussions with Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley on removing the Order in Council that the United Kingdom government has on stand-by to partially suspend the Virgin Islands’ constitution.

Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Governor Rankin, however, said his main objective is to ensure the recommendations outlined in the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report are properly implemented, and the good governance reforms the territory seeks are brought into effect.

He added that the Order in Council was an important part in reaching the agreement between the UK and the BVI government to introduce the proposed reforms.

Rankin noted that although no discussions have happened between him and the Premier as yet, it is something to which he would not object.

“Not that this something which the Premier and I have discussed in recent days but if it something the Premier does wish to liaise with me and UK ministers then, of course, we can have a discussion on that issue,” Rankin said.

He further said he wants the government to continue working constructively with his team and implement the outstanding recommendations in the framework document so the Order in Council does not get activated.

Meanwhile, Dr Natalio Wheatley said it is his intention – along with the minister who will accompany him to the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) in November – to have this conversation with Overseas Territories Minister, Amanda Milling.

“This is a proper forum for us to have that kind of discussion. I do plan to put forward to the Minister that the order should be withdrawn. Leading up to the Joint Ministerial Council, I think it is important for us to make good progress,” Dr Wheatley said.

“We have been able to make a good process so far to work collaboratively with these reforms and to instil confidence not only in the United Kingdom government but within the people of the Virgin Islands that we are committed to implementing the reform agenda and I think that confidence would be important and the progress we made will be important in the talks at the JMC,” the Premier added.


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  1. Salty Fish says:

    Seems the UK is going against the wish of the people every step if the way. If you remove all motivation for the government to reform what’s the point? Seems the longer this game is played out the quicker the UK want to run.

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  2. Roll eyes says:

    Twiddle dee and twiddle dum

  3. Youth says:

    In the 21st Century what the UK is doing is WRONG!!! They and Boris did worse than BVI and all the OTs put together and they have no one holding them accountable. What hypocrisy.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    @youth……of course they do, thats why Boris Johnson was forced to resign. It’s called ‘ACCOUNTABILITY.’Now read that again.

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  5. sturpss says:

    wishful thinking… These man cant even deal with the register of interests act and the UK supposed to have confidence to remove the order in council

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  6. Resident says:

    If the UK does this it will be a disgraceful abdication of responsibility, compounding the previous abdications that have lead us to the present narco-statelet with third world infrastructure. Haiti here we come.

    What was the point of the CoI if all that happens is more of the same. Shame on the UK if this happens.

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  7. Obvious says:

    The UK don’t care…. they have enough headaches of their own. Babysitting the equivalent of a small town is very down the list of things to

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  8. Rubber Duck says:

    At the end of the day the UK would love to be rid of the place.
    It brings them nothing but trouble.

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  9. Crazy Joe says:

    When you grow up you will realise how dumb that it.

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