Crown Dependencies Discuss Brexit In London
by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
26 January, 2017
The chief ministers of the Crown Dependencies met with UK ministers in London to discuss the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.
The meeting, hosted by Minister for Exiting the European Union Robin Walker and Minister for the Department for International Trade Mark Garnier, was part of a series of regular talks with the Crown Dependencies to ensure their interests are represented during talks led by the UK.
A wide range of issues was discussed, including trade, customs, agriculture, and fisheries. Ministers confirmed their shared commitment to maintaining the Common Travel Area, recognizing the historic ties and the importance of this arrangement to the constitutional relationship of Jersey, Guernsey, and Isle of Man with the UK.
Guernsey President of the Policy & Resources Committee Gavin St Pier said: "The quarterly meetings with the Department for Exiting the EU Minister provide an opportunity for open and direct discussion on the impact on Guernsey from the UK's decision to leave the EU. They have quickly become a forum to ensure that our interests in priority policy areas are heard and understood by the team that will be involved in the UK's negotiations when Article 50 has been triggered. These include the free movement of goods, financial services and our World Trade Organisation status."
St Pier added: "I was particularly pleased to receive UK ministers ready recognition of their responsibility to maintain the Common Travel Area, recognizing that this in fact predates the EU as a result of our long and unique relationship with the Crown."
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