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Crown Dependencies Reassured By UK On Brexit

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
29 July, 2016

The United Kingdom's new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has written to the Crown Dependencies assuring them that they will be involved in the UK's negotiations to exit the European Union.

In the letter, publicized by the Guernsey Government, May acknowledged that the result of the UK's referendum on membership of the EU does not change the "valued, historical and special" constitutional relationship between the UK and the Crown Dependencies. The letter also notes the value of the extraordinary British-Irish Council meeting held recently in Cardiff and attended by representatives from the UK, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.

Gavin St Pier, President of Guernsey's Policy & Resources Committee, said: "This is a very welcome letter. It is encouraging that the UK Prime Minister has acknowledged Guernsey's constitutional relationship with the UK and understands the constitutional responsibility that the UK has to represent our interests internationally. I am grateful for the reassurance that Guernsey's interests are well known and understood, but also that we will be engaged and involved in the process, rather than merely consulted."

"The Extraordinary British-Irish Council last week was extremely important for all member administrations, and I am delighted that the language contained in the Prime Minister's letter very much reflects the expectations of the UK Government that I set out on behalf of Guernsey. I very much look forward to continuing the discussions with the UK Government in the months that lie ahead."

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