In his written message to the recently held BVI Art and Culture Show and Territory Day Reception in London that was read by Director of the BVI London Office, BVI Premier Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith stated: “My Government is fully aware of our obligations as a Territory and we stand ready to meet our responsibilities under the new partnership.”
He said that the BVI government welcomed the publication of White Paper of the Overseas Territories and is committed to developing further partnership with the United Kingdom.
The keynote speaker at the event, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Mr. Lidsay Hoyle, MP, said: "It is time for a grown up relationship between the United Kingdom and British Virgin Islands. The Overseas Territories should determine their own future and not have it imposed by Britain."