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Jersey Discusses Brexit Impact During UK Inquiry

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

Jersey's Chief Minister, Ian Gorst, represented Jersey at a House of Lords European Union Select Committee hearing into the effects of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies.

Gorst was joined in Westminster by the Chief Ministers of Guernsey and the Isle of Man, who also gave evidence on behalf of their jurisdictions.

The purpose of the Committee's inquiry was to examine reaction in the Crown Dependencies to the United Kingdom's vote in favor of leaving the European Union and to discuss the impact on the Crown Dependencies' ties to Europe.

The Committee is also examining the risks and opportunities that Brexit will present for the islands, what relationship the Crown Dependencies will seek to have with the European Union post-Brexit, and how the islands can engage in the negotiation process.

Gorst said: "This hearing was a valuable opportunity for me and my fellow chief ministers to engage with an important Parliamentary committee and to share some views on a matter of great importance to Jersey. As the impact of the United Kingdom's Brexit decision continues to be assessed, it is in the interests of all islanders that Jersey continues to engage with the United Kingdom on this issue, and I hope that the information I was able to provide was of assistance to the Committee."

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