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Brexit and its impact on the British Virgin Islands is the next topic up for discussion during the second lecture of a community lecture series organized by the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
The lecture will feature guest speaker, Dr. Peter Clegg, who is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Dr. Clegg has extensive expertise on the European Union (EU), Overseas Territories (OTs), the United Kingdom and Brexit. He has advised the UK Government as well as OTs on a range of matters. His main research interests are in international political economy of the Caribbean and contemporary developments within British OTs.
He has also published a paper on Brexit and the OTs entitled, “Brexit and the Overseas Territories: Repercussions for the Periphery”.
The topic is quite timely in the Territory as Premier Dr. Hon. D. Orlando Smith, OBE has recently concluded talks in the UK with his counterparts from other Overseas Territories at the first UK-OT Joint Ministerial Council on European Negotiations.
The discussions focused on the implications of Brexit on OTs and their priorities in negotiations, which were identified as freedom of movement, international trade and EU funding.
A structured framework has since been established for on-going engagement between the BVI and fellow OTs with the UK on Brexit negotiations.
The priorities for the BVI, as indicated by the Premier, includes the continuation of funding through the European Development Fund, UK support against EU blacklisting of BVI in financial services, tariff-free trade with the EU for BVI businesses and freedom of movement for BVI citizens in the EU, particularly in business and education.