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Premier discusses Brexit in London visit

Premier Michael Dunkley

Premier Michael Dunkley met with a top UK Government official today, hoping to get a better understanding of Brexit — Britain’s recent withdrawal from the European Union.

The discussions, with MP Robin Walker, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union, were, according to a Government spokesperson, “frank”.

“We recognise that Brexit is the largest negotiation process in history,” said Mr Dunkley, after the meeting at 9 Downing Street in London. “We have established a direct line of communication with that Department which is vital to Bermuda in putting our position forward during the negotiation process post execution of Article 50.”

He closed the day by holding a bilateral meeting with the Baroness Anelay of St John, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, the UN Government spokesperson, and Minister of Overseas Territories.

During his UK visit, the Premier is getting his first chance to meet government officials since the appointment of new Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet.

He is also expected to discuss “matters of importance to Bermuda” such as the driving licence issue in the US state of Massachusetts, immigration, and the upcoming Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council meetings being hosted by the UK Government in November.

Further meetings are scheduled with former Governor George Fergusson and senior executives at XL Catlin.

Mr Dunkley is accompanied by the Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr Derrick Binns, and Kimberley Durrant, UK representative and director of the London office.