Jersey’s Brexit Preparations Highlighted

Tuesday 6 March 10:19

Jersey’s Brexit preparations highlighted through Ministerial engagement and States debate.

The Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, today met with Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), alongside the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man, Howard Quayle and the Chief Minister of Guernsey, Deputy Gavin St Pier.

The quarterly meetings held with Mr Walker are an opportunity for the Chief Ministers of the Crown Dependencies to formally highlight the interests of their respective Islands to the UK government, and to receive updates on the progress of the ongoing negotiations between the UK and the European Union in preparation for Brexit.

The joint-statement agreed by all present read:

“We welcome progress made in negotiations so far, both reaching the December agreement and in the Commission’s specific reference to the Channel Islands and Isle of Man in the publication of their draft Withdrawal Agreement on 28 February.

“The regular engagement between the governments of the Crown Dependencies and the UK has been constructive and demonstrates our joint commitment to the strengthening of our historic relationship. We look forward to continuing to engage closely together as the negotiations continue and remain committed to ensuring a deal which works both for the UK and for the extended British family.”

The Chief Minister’s meeting with DExEU comes ahead of the States Assembly debate tomorrow morning on the draft European Union (Repeal and Amendment) (Jersey) Law 201-. The draft law, which was lodged on 23 January 2018, is designed to enable the States to swiftly implement changes to local legislation and ensure a smooth transition to Jersey’s new relationship with the EU.

The new Law allows the States to decide which EU law will continue to apply in Jersey. It also gives the States Assembly the ability to grant Ministers powers to correct deficiencies in the Island’s law caused by Brexit, without having to bring the matter before the full Assembly.

Accompanying the debate is the presentation of the fourth formal Report on Brexit developments and Jersey’s preparations by the Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache.

The Minister commented:

“This week marks a milestone in Jersey’s Brexit preparations, both in terms of debating necessary legislative measures, and providing the Assembly and public with up-to-date information on our ongoing work.

“With respect to the debate of the draft law, I am particularly grateful for scrutiny work undertaken by the Brexit Review Panel, who published their Comments paper earlier today. Their report acknowledges the collaborative approach taken by Scrutiny and officials within the Ministry of External Relations and Law Officers Departments, which has led to a draft law supported by both the Council of Ministers and Scrutiny panel.

“Alongside the debate, the publication of the latest Brexit Report sets out in the clearest possible terms - for States Members and the general public - the extent and complexity of the work being coordinated across the Government of Jersey to prepare for Brexit. It provides an overview of our workstream-led engagement with the United Kingdom, our contingency planning, and our progress against published Brexit objectives. I also hope the Report will form a strong foundation to understanding our Brexit preparations for the members of the new States Assembly, following the general election in May.”

States of Jersey Press Release.

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