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(BVI News) While claiming that his government has been proactive in relation to Brexit, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Brodrick Penn will head a task force, which will examine in detail the risks and opportunities being posed by Brexit.

The team will also prepare a White Paper on the impact of Brexit, which is the process by which Britain and its overseas territories – including the British Virgin Islands (BVI) – will leave the European Union (EU) over the next two years.

The other members of the local Brexit task force are:

Deputy Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Elvia Smith-Maduro

Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Joseph Smith-Abbott

Acting Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Andrew St Hilaire

Senior Policy Analyst in the Premier’s Office, Lizette George

Director of BVI London Office and EU Representative, Benito Wheatley

Deputy Director of the BVI London Office, Dr Sandra Besson

Officer in the EU SME Project Management Unit, Diane Parsons

Director of the Financial Services Implementation Unit, Kedrick Malone

Assistant Secretary in the International Affairs Secretariat, Najan Christopher

Steve Johnson, Consultant

Premier Smith announced the composition of the Brexit task force hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday started formal negotiations on Britain’s exit from the EU. The process commenced with an official letter, which triggers Article 50 of the EU Treaty.

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