UK Minister with responsibility for Overseas Territories Minister, Lord Zac Goldsmith is now in the territory.
Lord Goldsmith reportedly arrived on Tuesday, January 31.
During his visit, Lord Goldsmith is expected to meet with Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley to discuss the Premier’s request for the United Kingdom to remove the reserved Order in Council that could potentially see Britain partially suspending the BVI’s constitution and taking over the territory for at least two years.
Premier Wheatley first made the request during his recent visit to the UK where Lord Goldsmith promised to revisit the subject during his official visit to the territory.
“For the Order in Council to be removed, that would certainly have to happen as a result of intervention by the Foreign Secretary who, of course, the Overseas Territories Minster reports to. Certainly, we’ve had a very good discussion with the Overseas Territories Minister. Our discussions have not yet concluded so certainly when he comes next week we intend to engage on that particular matter,” Premier Wheatley said following his return to the BVI several days ago.
While BVI News has not seen the itinerary for Lord Goldsmith’s, our news centre understands that he will also be meeting with other members of the House of Assembly.