Leader of The Opposition Andrew Fahie will be hosting a series of community meetings for Virgin Islanders to comment on what they think the future of the BVI’s relationship with the United Kingdom should be.
Fahie said he will be creating committees that will solicit responses from Virgin Islanders domestically and abroad.
He said he will conduct town hall meetings on the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, and even on St Thomas in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands.
“All attempts would also be made to receive and submit the views of Virgin Islands citizens living or studying in the USA, UK or further afield. Public announcement of the date, time, and venue for each meeting will be forthcoming,” Fahie said.
Responses of Virgin Islanders will be documented and submitted to the UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee, which recently opened up an inquiry into the future of the British Virgin Islands.
The UK inquiry
The UK recently launched the inquiry claiming they are struggling to find a balance between ‘respecting the principle of self-governance’ and ‘ensuring the security and stability’ of British Overseas Territories.
The UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee suggested it was prompted to launch the inquiry because of the growing strain between the UK and its Overseas Territories such as the BVI.
“In recent years, the Overseas Territories have been exposed to shocks, from the Panama Papers in 2015, to the Brexit vote in 2016, and hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. This led some OTs to question the [UK] Government’s willingness to support them. Relations have been put under further strain due to high-profile instances of divergence between the UK and some of the OTs on issues such as civil rights and financial transparency,” UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee explained.
BVI News has seen no record of any government responses or even announcements of the UK inquiry, which the UK initiated late last month.
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