On 30 April, the Guardian reported that the acting premier has said he opposes a recommendation that the UK take direct control of the territory after his predecessor appeared in a US court on charges linked to drugs trafficking.  BVI operates under a 2007 constitution that gives them limited self-governance under a Governor who is the ultimate executive authority as the representative of the Queen.  However, an inquiry into corruption in the territory recommended the Governor take direct rule of the territory for 2 years, saying that “Almost everywhere, the principles of good governance, such as openness, transparency and even the rule of law, are ignored”.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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