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‘No’ vote for UK EU membership will impact Bermuda

February 25, 2016 - Author: bdadmin
While a “no” vote could affect British Overseas Territories citizens’ ability to travel, reside and work in the EU, Governor George Fergusson said any details of any changes would be hashed out after the vote.

Governor George Fergusson – While a “no” vote could affect British Overseas Territories citizens’ ability to travel, reside and work in the EU, Governor George Fergusson said any details of any changes would be hashed out after the vote.

Britain’s future with the European Union — and Bermuda’s with it — is set to go to a referendum this summer.

On June 23, voters across the UK will vote on if they wish to remain in the EU. While those who support membership argue that it provides an economic benefit to Britain through easier business dealings and immigration opportunities, opponents believe EU membership imposes too many rules and hinders the UK’s ability to control its borders.

While a “no” vote could affect British Overseas Territories citizens’ ability to travel, reside and work in the EU, Governor George Fergusson said any details of any changes would be hashed out after the vote.

“The UK Government is committed to continued membership of the EU and is actively campaigning for this in the forthcoming referendum,” the Governor said. “If the UK were no longer in the EU, any questions which arose about the position of British citizens, including British Overseas Territories citizens, in EU member states would need to be resolved in subsequent negotiations.”

Asked if Bermudians would be able to have a say in the decision, which could directly impact them, Mr Fergusson said only those who have lived and registered to vote in the UK would be eligible to vote in the coming referendum. He said: “The position on voting is that the legislation underpinning the referendum has designated that the franchise will be the same as for General Elections in the UK plus members of the House of Lords and voters in Gibraltar, which is in a different position in relation to the EU than other Territories.

“However, Bermudians and citizens of the UK and other Commonwealth countries and Ireland who have lived in the UK and been registered to vote there in the last 15 years will be able to vote — they should register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“There are options for eligible voters to use postal, proxy votes or vote in person if they happen to be in the UK on June 23.”

source:  RoyalGazette

by:  Owain Johnston-Barnes

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8 Reasons to head to Bermuda this year

January 19, 2016 - Author: bdadmin

There’s lots more to Bermuda than a Triangle and shorts: Eight fantastic (and terrifying) reasons to head for the Atlantic island

St David's Lighthouse from Cooper's Island Long Bay

St David’s Lighthouse from Cooper’s Island Long Bay

  • Though many think it’s in the Caribbean, it’s actually near North Carolina
  • Bermuda is perhaps best known for its Triangle and shorts with suit jacket
  • However, there are plenty of adventures on offer on the small island nation

By George Glover For The Mail

Name an island in the Caribbean that begins with a ‘B’: Barbados or Barbuda… or what about Bermuda?

Bermuda begins with a ‘B’ and it really sounds as if it should be in the Caribbean (British heritage, palm trees, white beaches, warm blue waters) but it’s actually in the Atlantic some 600 miles to the east of North Carolina and offering a holiday experience in many ways quite different to the Caribbean.

It may be better known for its Triangle and its shorts (shorts with long socks and a suit jacket and tie – really?). However, Bermuda deserves to be more famous as a sweetly seductive travel destination.

One of the distinctive things about Bermuda is that while other Commonwealth nations were quick to separate themselves from British rule, Bermuda has been happy to stay more closely linked to the UK.

Nola shipwreck in Bermuda is on TV in UK.

The boiler of the 1863 Montana. *Photo supplied

Prior to its settlement by the British in 1609, Bermuda was unoccupied. The island has the honour of being the oldest and most populous remaining British Overseas Territory.

Its first capital, St George’s, was established in 1612 and is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the Americas.

Here are eight great reasons to enjoy Bermuda…

1. Snorkelling

With waters clear down to a depth of 150ft, all you need is a mask, fins and snorkel for an amazing exploration of the undersea world. And what a colourful world it is. Discover coral-crusted shipwrecks from more than five centuries of nautical history and swim around the Atlantic’s largest and most beautiful coral reefs.

2. Whale watching

In March and April, Bermuda’s wild beauty comes to life when whales make their annual visit. Witness the migration parade of the humpback and other species. With the clear blue waters of the Sargasso Sea to the east, and the warm currents of the Gulf Stream just to the west, Bermuda is perfectly situated along the migration routes of whales as they travel to their northern feeding grounds each spring.

3. The Old Railway Trail

This provides the perfect route for exploring Bermuda. Converted into walking and cycling pathways the length of the island, the trail connects colourful villages, hidden coves, spectacular bluffs and historical sites as it crosses bridges and meanders through lush greenery. Walk the trail or cycle – bike hire (suitable for those over 12) is from £19pp per day.

Incidentally, bicycles, taxis, buses, scooters and ferries are the most common modes of transportation on the island. There are no rental cars available for visitors due to strict environmental laws.

4. Exciting excursions

Newport Bermuda 2014 Race.

2014 Newport/Bermuda race information for captains, crew and fans.

A range of new Bermuda experiences allow visitors to taste genuine island life with local people. For example, enjoy a Family Dining Experience where you spend an evening with a local family in their home, learning to prepare and cook traditional Bermudian dishes such as fish chowder, BBQ chicken or grilled red snapper. From £90.

5. Enjoy Bermuda and New York

Virgin Holidays is offering a flexible, two-centre holiday option for UK travellers, pairing Bermuda with a city break in New York, which is a two-hour flight from the island. The package is available all year and can include any combination of nights.

Fly from Heathrow this month and stay for two nights at the Martha Washington Hotel in New York, followed by five nights at the Grotto Bay Hotel, Bermuda, from £1,175pp. Based on two people on a room only basis.

6. Learn To Sail Programme

Bermuda is the home of the 35th America’s Cup next year, and the Bermuda Tourism Authority will be launching a new Learn To Sail Programme in association with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club during the build-up to the big event.

7. Cliff diving

Thrill-seekers cannot resist taking a jump off Bermuda’s limestone cliffs into the sparkling waters below – and rockclimbers love it as well. To get to many of the best cliff-diving spots, you have to scale the cliff first – be very careful up there!

John Smith's Bay Beach - South Shore Bermuda

John Smith’s Bay Beach – South Shore Bermuda

8. Eco adventures

Learn about Bermuda’s volcanic origins, shipwrecks and the mysteries of the ‘Triangle’ at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, the science and marine history museum. Entrance is £9 for adults, £5 for children. Visit buei.org. Find out more about the island’s environmental conservation at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, which has recently been renovated and is set in picturesque gardens. Entrance is £10 for adults, £3 for children. Go to bamz.org.

Source:  dailymail.co.uk

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