Report: UK Should Take Back Rule of British Virgin Islands

    Report: UK Should Take Back Rule of British Virgin Islands
    Last updated Jul 28, 2022
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    • A report released on Fri. recommends that the UK temporarily take back direct rule of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) amid alleged failures in government.[1]
    • The report concludes a 2021 UK-appointed commission of inquiry which found widespread abuse, including millions of state funds spent without proper process.[2]
    • While the UK is already in charge of the BVI's defence and foreign policy, Gov. John Rankin - Queen Elizabeth's representative on the island - is now expected to take over its domestic policies and budgets.[2]
    • The commission of inquiry was initiated amid allegations of corruption and drug running. The claims weren't investigated, but the report determined that extensive maladministration would make it impossible to prevent corruption or conflicts of interest.[2]
    • This follows an unrelated arrest in Miami on Thurs. of the territory's Premier, Andrew Fahie, on drug trafficking charges.[3]
    • The UK Minister for Overseas Territory, Amanda Milling, will fly to the BVI for discussions with Rankin and other stakeholders.[3]


    Establishment-critical narrative

    While the report raises valid concerns, the recommendations must be viewed with an objective eye. Suspending the BVI's constitution isn't in the best interest of the island's citizens, and will be a step back for its democracy. There are other methods that should be considered first.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    The report doesn't make its recommendations lightly. The only way to tackle the confirmed failures of government is to move forward with the BVI's suspension of powers. Without drastic measures, the current situation will go on indefinitely.

    Establishment split



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