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Crown Dependencies Unite In 'Brexit' Letter To UK

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

The Chief Ministers of Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man have jointly written to the United Kingdom's Prime Minister seeking assurances that the islands will be consulted upon in any negotiations concerning the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.

In the letter, the Chief Ministers note that if the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU), the islands will lose their access to the EU single market. Access to this single market is currently guaranteed under Protocol 3 of the UK's Treaty of Accession.

The letter repeats the Crown Dependencies' long held position that their "interests will be best served by a continuation, as far as is possible, of the substance of the current arrangements, and in particular, the provisions of Protocol 3 relating to trade in goods between the islands and the EU."

The letter seeks the UK's confirmation that if the UK withdraws from the EU this will not prevent continued free trade in goods and services, the free movement of capital, and the free movement of people between the UK and the Crown Dependencies.

The Chief Ministers note that the Crown Dependencies are home to a significant number of non-British EU nationals and residents with EU rights through their connection to the UK. For this reason any decisions taken by the UK on the grandfathering of rights for EU nationals are of particular relevance to the islands, they said.

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