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Isle Of Man Looks To Shore Up Future With EU

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
01 June, 2015

Representatives from the Isle of Man recently met with officials and policy makers from the European Union and the UK, and subsequently with representatives from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Gibraltar to discuss the impact of a UK exit from the EU.

The Isle of Man's Chief Minister, Allan Bell, was accompanied by Manx Treasury Minister Eddie Teare. They met with representatives of the Conservative Party in London and Brussels to discuss the priorities of the new UK Government, including the proposed renegotiation of the UK's relationship with the EU and the planned referendum on EU membership.

Bell explained the island's predicament with regards to the prospect of the UK leaving the EU: "The Isle of Man is not part of the UK or EU, and so it is not included in the UK referendum on EU membership, which is due to take place before the end of 2017. However, the Isle of Man's relationship with the EU is through the UK and is set out in Protocol 3 to the UK's Act of Accession to the EU."

He said that although Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Gibraltar may wish to remain in the UK, "a potential UK-wide 'no' vote could see them all leave, possibly against the wishes of their people. The Isle of Man is facing a similar prospect in terms of its own relationship with Europe. We cannot control the outcome – that is for the UK as a member of the EU to determine – but we are seeking to understand and address the implications for the island."

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