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Channel Islands Encouraged By UK's Brexit Assurances

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
30 March, 2017

Jersey and Guernsey have welcomed recent assurances from the UK that the Crown Dependencies' interests will be taken into account in Brexit negotiations.

The Crown Dependencies said they are encouraged by the UK Prime Minister's written commitment to keep the islands informed, and to allow them to contribute where relevant and appropriate.

Jersey and Guernsey also said they welcomed the recent report of the House of Commons' Justice Committee on the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies, which acknowledges the positive engagement that has already taken place between the UK Government and the Crown Dependencies since the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

Commenting on the report, Philip Bailhache, Jersey's Minister for External Relations, said: "We note the Justice Committee's constructive call for clarification of the UK Government's position in the event that the UK's interests might differ from those of any Crown Dependency. However, we recognize that the report stresses no such discrepancies between the positions of the Crown Dependencies, and the UK can be identified at present and we are confident the UK will firmly represent the interests of Jersey in the forthcoming negotiations with the European Union."

Gavin St Pier, Chief Minister of Guernsey, said: "Following the publication of the views of both the House of Lords' EU Committee and the House of Commons' Justice Committee that the UK Government must not forget about the Crown Dependencies, I am encouraged by the Prime Minister's commitment to respect the constitutional relationship, to work together on policy priorities, such as immigration, and to forge new trading relationships together."

He continued: "I also welcome the Prime Minister's acknowledgement of the importance of the engagement of [Guernsey's parliament] during the exit process. This will be vital when we reach milestone decisions during the next couple of years."

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