Premier In London

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Published: July 12, 2017 1:23 pm AST
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Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith is in the United Kingdom (UK), attending meetings from July 9 to 15, to discuss the UK's negotiations to exit the European Union (EU).

According to his office, Premier Smith will also meet with fellow Overseas Territory leaders, at the Pre-Joint Ministerial Council (JMC), organised by the United Kingdom Overseas Territory Association (UKOTA).

The Premier will have follow up discussions with the UK on BVI’s priorities for Brexit negotiations. These will include freedom of movement, international trade, market access, EU funding, and future relations with the EU.

Premier Smith is accompanied by Permanent Secretary, Mr. Brodrick Penn. Director of BVI London Office, Mr. Benito Wheatley will also attend the meetings.

According to his office, the Brexit meeting is the second UK–OT Joint Ministerial Council on EU negotiations. The Pre-JMC meeting is an annual mid-year meeting where OT leaders discuss their priorities for the upcoming annual JMC with the UK.

The Joint Ministerial Council is a group comprising Premiers/Chief Ministers of OTs and Members and Ministers of the UK Government.

In the absence of Premier Smith, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering will act as Premier for the period.
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