Despite warning BVI and other OTs that giving money in times of crises will be a last resort, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled that the UK is absolutely committed to Overseas Territories (OTs).
Johnson who addressed OT leaders at the recently concluded Joint Ministerial Council meeting, said: “The UK is absolutely committed to you, to your futures and to our partnership. As we go forward and recover from this pandemic, we want to make sure that we build back greener and that we look after island economies that are so vulnerable to climate change.”
Johnson said the UK will be seeking to strengthen its partnership with OTs despite the current challenging times.
“In spite of everything, of the difficulties we are going through, we remember that we are united by deep ties of kinship and friendship and history and values. We in the UK government are going to make sure we continue to intensify that partnership.”
The UK has committed to securing COVID
-19 vaccines for OTs once they become available and the BVI is expected to benefit from this.
They’ve also provided border security resources and navy ship HMS Medway to prevent illegal entry and illegal activities as the COVID
-19 pandemic continues to affect the BVI.
However back in June, Premier Andrew Fahie indicated that the United Kingdom denied the territory grants to assist with its battle against COVID
He said this was not the first time the UK had refused to give the BVI grants during a time of crisis.