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Crown Dependencies, UK Hold Third Brexit Meeting

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
27 April, 2017

The chief ministers of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man recently met with the UK's Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker, to discuss Brexit.

This is the third meeting in a series of regular talks that are intended to ensure the Crown Dependencies' interests are taken into consideration in relation to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

The chief ministers of the Crown Dependencies received an update from Walker in relation to political developments within the UK Government since the last meeting, including the triggering of Article 50, the Great Repeal Bill, and the UK Prime Minister's announcement regarding the general election to be held on June 8, 2017.

A wide range of topics were discussed, relating to key priority areas that have a direct impact on islanders and businesses, including free movement of persons, customs, fisheries, agriculture, and financial services. Work regarding each of these priorities has already begun between the Crown Dependencies and the relevant UK Government Departments, with Walker commending the work already completed.

The extension of the UK's membership of the World Trade Organisation to the Channel Islands was also discussed, with the UK Government said to be offering its support.

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