Statement from The Ministry of External Relations

Friday 13 October 15:35

Statement following the publication of UK Government response to Justice Select Committee Report

The Justice Select Committee today published the official UK Government response to the committee’s report ‘The Implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies’, which was published in March 2017.

The response, which is in the form of a letter from Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, David Lidington CBE MP, confirms the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining and strengthening its longstanding bond with each of the Crown Dependencies.

The Ministry of Justice has overall responsibility for the management of the relationship between the UK Government and the Crown Dependencies, and it has maintained oversight of Brexit discussions between government departments and the Governments of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

The Lord Chancellor also met with the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, when he attended the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester earlier this month.

The Government response notes the ongoing work being undertaken across UK departments to ensure that the interests of the Crown Dependencies, including Jersey, are being taken into account in Brexit negotiations.

This includes regular contact with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Trade, the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

The letter commits the Ministry of Justice to continue working “across Government to make sure the Crown Dependencies (both individually and collectively) and their interests are taken into account as the UK develops policy”.

It also reaffirms the principles of the International Identity Framework Agreement, signed by the UK and Jersey in 2008, in which the UK committed not to act internationally on behalf of the Island without prior consultation and to represent the interests of the Island in an international capacity when the interests of the UK and Jersey differ.

The Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, commented, “The UK Government response reflects the good relationship that the Government of Jersey has with the Ministry of Justice and other UK Government departments, including the Department for Exiting the European Union.

“Through this good working relationship, we are confident that the interests of Jersey will continue to be taken into account as the UK seek the best possible deal for all British jurisdictions when Britain leaves the EU.

“The Secretary of State has also committed to report back to the Select Committee in early 2018 to provide an update on the Crown Dependencies’ most time-sensitive priorities. We welcome the continued attention the Justice Select Committee pays to the relationship between the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Dependencies. This emphasises the value of our engagement with the Committee over a number of years, as well as our broader engagement with UK Parliamentarians through our Jersey London Office.”

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