On 16 August, a briefing paper from the House of Commons Library said that in April, the findings of a Commission of Inquiry into alleged corruption and mismanagement in the BVI was published by the Territory’s Governor. The BVI is a British Overseas Territory. This means the UK retains ultimate responsibility for its good governance and has the power to intervene in its domestic affairs. The paper sets out the Inquiry’s key findings, the response of UK and BVI officials, and the recent history of tensions between the UK and the BVI. It points out that the last Overseas Territory to be subject to direct rule was the Turks & Caicos Islands in 2009, following an uncovering of corruption and poor governance.
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