UK ORDER TO SUSPEND BVI CONSTITUTION

The UK has made the Virgin Islands Constitution (Interim Amendment) Order 2022.  Following an inquiry into allegations of impropriety in the BVI, this Order is designed to allow action to be taken to address concerns about poor governance by providing for certain provisions of the Constitution to be suspended in whole or in part on an interim basis, and certain other provisions to be given effect in their place.  The Order is being made in order to fulfil the UK broad responsibility to support the Overseas Territories and to ensure their security and good governance for the people in each Territory.  The final report of the Commission of Inquiry identified numerous, serious, failures of governance and concluded that serious dishonesty in relation to public officials is highly likely to have taken place.  Amongst numerous recommendations, the report concluded that the only way in which the relevant issues can be addressed is for there to be a temporary suspension of those parts of the Constitution by which areas of government are assigned to elected representatives.  The report recommended that the suspension should be as short as possible to enable principled elected government to be restored. come into force on such day as the Governor, acting in his or her discretion, may appoint by proclamation 

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2022/627/contents/made

https://rijock.blogspot.com/2022/06/read-uk-decision-not-to-institute.html

BVI COMMISSION OF INQUIRY REPORT

On 8 June, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office published the report presented to the BVI Governor following an inquiry into the Territory’s governance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-virgin-islands-commission-of-inquiry-report

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/08/uk-will-not-impose-direct-rule-on-british-virgin-islands-truss-says

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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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