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Thursday, Apr 15, 2021

CoI could be a ‘pre-emptive strike’ against VI's constitutional review

CoI could be a ‘pre-emptive strike’ against VI's constitutional review

Former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Michael E. Misick has warned that the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) currently on the way in the Virgin Islands (VI) could very well be a pre-emptive strike against the territory’s upcoming constitutional review.

“I wouldn't be surprised if this is not a preemptive strike… because obviously, coming out, the Commissioner… will make certain recommendations that is clearly in the UK interest and out of that there will come a constitutional review and out of that review, the BVI’s constitution will be diluted,” he said.

The former leader of TCI government business, was at the time speaking on a Monday, February 15, 2021, interview with 284 Media.

Future will tell the truth


“I don’t want to sound like a prophet. I may be dead and gone but someone in the BVI will say that Misick from the Turks and Caicos was telling the truth,” he said.

The now embattled Misick said he is just sounding the alarm so that VI does not end up like the Turks and Caicos Islands where the constitution was suspended and his government booted from office after the conclusion of the CoI.

“I believe that when you look at all of the territories especially in the Caribbean, all of us have the ability to govern ourselves, all of us have the financial ability to sustain ourselves,” Mr Misick detailed while alleging that the UK is specifically targeting Black OTs and not the others.

The method which ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert used to announce the CoI, which included keeping the local government in the dark about his intentions while colluding with the UK press, has raised questions about the real motive for the CoI.

UK going after pro-independence leaders


According to Misick, the UK government has shown a pattern going after Caribbean leaders who stand up to them, including himself, for being pro-independence and wanting a self-determined future for their people.

He said that while he cannot say if that is the case against Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Mr Misick alleged that the UK agenda is bigger than any one person.

Premier Fahie has insisted that independence is not a matter of 'if' but 'when' and it is important for the VI to ensure it is not caught unprepared. His sentiments have been shared by all legislators of the House of Assembly (HoA).

Over in the TCI, Mr Misick said the UK plan was to take over the county, put their own laws in place and systematically change the country while sending a signal to future pro-independence politicians.

UK not needed in C'bean - Misick


Mr Misick called for British OTs to have the confidence to manage themselves and realise that the British Government is not needed, "the British will throw you under the bus any day to protect their interests," he said.

Mr Misick further called for OTs to come together and collectively come up with a plan for independence, given the future of the OTs are tied to regional countries and North America and not Britain.

The former leader of TCI government business, was at the time speaking on a Monday, February 15, 2021 interview with 284 Media.

Following the conclusion of a CoI, the UK on Friday, August 14, 2009 partially suspended the constitution of Turks and Caicos and assumed direct rule of the territory.

Premier of the Virgin Islands Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has insisted that independence is not a matter of 'if' but 'when' and it is important for the territory to ensure it is not caught unprepared. His sentiments have been shared by all legislators of the House of Assembly (HoA).

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