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Isle Of Man Reports On International Engagements

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
19 May, 2015

The Isle of Man Cabinet Office has published a new report that sets out the island's constitutional position and approach to developing international relationships to protect the island's interests.

The new "International Relations Framework" includes information on the Isle of Man's status as a British Crown Dependency, previous constitutional changes, its progress on economic development, the status of its relationships with the UK and EU, and its international relations objectives.

In the Isle of Man, the External Relations Division is responsible for advising the Government on constitutional and international matters and proposing policy responses. Its main functions include maintaining the Isle of Man's strong relationship with the UK Government, ensuring adequate scrutiny of developments at European Union level, and considering whether the jurisdiction should be included in treaties and conventions.

In the foreword to the publication, Chief Minister Allan Bell said: "This Framework explains how the Isle of Man's international relations, and the constitutional relationship with the UK which underpins them, have evolved over time to where we are today, and also describes how we aim to develop these relationships in the future."

"It is intended for an external audience, but also, I hope, will support Isle of Man politicians and officials in answering what can sometimes be very complex questions, in a clear way."

"The Isle of Man's continued success will depend on it maintaining its autonomy, political stability and pragmatism, whilst remaining dynamic and responsive. To achieve this will require a continued focus on our promotion and engagement with international partners."

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