Finance Committee Meeting with Minister for External Relations

Monday 12 December 12:45

Communication between commerce and government is key. Especially in the uncertain Brexit world we’re all working and living in. Last week the Jersey Chamber of Commerce welcomed an update by the Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, who met with Chamber’s Finance Committee.

Whilst it is impossible to gain a clear answer to exactly what Brexit will really look like, it’s comforting to know our government are forging strong partnerships with the EU Commission, Member states and MEP’s, as well as carrying out global diplomatic visits.

The UK PM, Lord Chancellor and Minister for Crown Dependencies have all so far confirmed the UK Government’s commitment to engage with the Crown Dependencies.  The British Irish Council Heads of Government met in July, Sir Oliver Heald, The UK’s Minister of State for Courts and Justice, visited Jersey earlier last month, Jersey Ministers attended UK party political conferences and the British Irish Council are due to meet on the 24th – 25th November. 

Jersey government officials regularly attending meetings with the Cabinet Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Offices and the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU). Domestically Jersey has established a Brexit Unit and Brexit Working Group looking at issues such as immigration and the Common Travel Area, Customs Union and Tax, Agriculture and Fisheries and Financial Services.

Nobody knows what the fall-out of the UK exiting the EU will look like until Prime Minister May triggers article 50 next year, however, the positive pro-active steps our government are taking to keep Jersey front and centre of UK negotiations should give confidence to our business community. 

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