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Dunkley wraps up London talks

Michael Dunkley (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Britain’s decision to opt out of the European Union was discussed by Michael Dunkley during a London visit that also covered the announcement of the island’s next Governor.

The Premier addressed the extradition process between the Overseas Territories and the UK, and the recognition of the Bermuda driving licence in Massachusetts.

See tomorrow’s edition for further details, with Mr Dunkley noting that Bermuda was the first Overseas Territory to discuss with UK officials the implications of the “Brexit” move out of the EU.

The aim of the two-day trip was to “build an open line of communication with the new UK administration under Prime Minister Theresa May”, he said.

The Premier’s first meeting took place yesterday at 9 Downing Street with MP Robin Walker from the Department for Exiting the European Union.

“This was a very key meeting which focused on issues of concern for many Bermudians as a result of Brexit,” Mr Dunkley said.

“It was an opportunity to discuss how the Government will maintain an open line of communication to ensure Bermuda’s interests are part of the UK’s overall negotiation process.”

The island will be kept updated on developments that could have an impact on Bermuda.

The Premier also spoke with Baroness Anelay, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN, and Overseas Territories.

Mr Dunkley had breakfast today with “friends of Bermuda”: Lord James Borwick, Lady Victoria Borwick and Lord Chadlington, to discuss Ms May’s new administration and her vision for the UK.

The Premier was then hosted at a luncheon including key industry figures at XL Catlin, based in London, and conducted an interview with The Economist.

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