Britain is poised to impose direct rule over the British Virgin Islands after the Caribbean territory’s Prime Minister was arrested in Miami on suspicion of drug running and an inquiry found rampant corruption problems in the territory.
The Guardian reports here that the inquiry, in its highly critical final report, recommended that the territory should have its constitution suspended, its government dissolved and be temporarily be ruled from London.
The British Virgin Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, to the east of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and north-west of Anguilla.
The territory operates, on paper, as a parliamentary democracy and ultimate executive authority in the British Virgin Islands is vested in the Queen, and is exercised on her behalf by the Governor of the British Virgin Islands.
The governor is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the British Government. Defence and most foreign affairs remain the responsibility of the United Kingdom.