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Crown Dependencies Meet With UK 'Brexit' Minister

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
08 November, 2016

The Chief Ministers of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man recently met with Robin Walker, one of the United Kingdom's "Brexit" Ministers.

It was the first meeting with Walker, which will occur quarterly. He is responsible for ensuring that the Crown Dependencies' interests are understood and taken into account as the UK prepares for and engages in negotiations to leave the EU.

Ian Gorst, Chief Minister of Jersey, said: "This meeting was a good opportunity to build on the important joint work that has been taking place at official level between the Crown Dependencies and the UK since the Brexit vote."

"The granting of specific responsibility to Walker within his department for liaising with the Crown Dependencies is a very welcome step and I look forward to working with him to ensure that the Crown Dependencies' voices are heard at all levels of government in the months and years ahead."

Gavin St Pier, the Chief Minister of Guernsey, said: "During our first quarterly meeting with the new UK Department for Exiting the EU, it was reassuring to find that we have benefitted from the preparation we have undertaken before and after the EU referendum."

"As the UK prepares to leave the EU, the working relationship we are creating means that we are well placed to ensure our interests are known, understood, and taken into account. It will also ensure we are ready to react to secure our best interests when it becomes clearer what leaving the EU will mean for the UK."

The recently elected Chief Minister for the Isle of Man, Howard Quayle, added: "I very much welcomed this first opportunity to meet formally with Walker and reiterate the importance the Isle of Man and our fellow Crown Dependencies place on continuing communication and cooperation between our governments through the process of preparing for Brexit."

"As our existing relationship with the EU through Protocol 3 will cease once the UK formally withdraws from the EU, we have a direct interest in the terms of the UK's withdrawal and the negotiation of a future relationship."

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