UK Minister continues engagement with the Crown Dependencies on Brexit

Friday 28 April 13:39

The Minister for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker, yesterday (24th April 2017) hosted the third meeting in a series of regular talks with the Crown Dependencies to ensure that their interests are taken into consideration in relation to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. There was also representation at official level from all the UK Government Departments that have been involved in discussions with the Crown Dependencies to date.

The Chief Ministers of the Crown Dependencies received an update from Minister Walker in relation to political developments within the UK Government since the last meeting, including the triggering of Article 50, the Great Repeal Bill and the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the General Election to be held on 8 June.

A wide range of topics were discussed relating to priority areas which have a direct impact on islanders and businesses including free movement of people, customs, fisheries, agriculture and financial services. Work regarding each of these priorities has already begun between the Crown Dependencies and the relevant HM Government Departments. Minister Walker commended the work already undertaken.

Ministers have also discussed the expected process and timescales for determining the structure of the UK’s negotiations with the EU and how the Crown Dependencies can ensure that the UK Government are able to appropriately represent their interests. This will be further explored at official level and kept under close review prior to and after the General Election.

The Chief Minister of Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst, said:

“I am very encouraged by the positive and open dialogue that continues between the Government of Jersey and HM Government in preparation for Brexit, and I value the opportunity to meet regularly with the Minister to highlight matters that are of particular concern to the Island. This strong working relationship reflects the assurance received from the Prime Minister in her letter of 22 March 2017 that the relationship between the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies is a valued, historical and special one.

I am also pleased that discussions will take place with the Department for International Trade with respect to extending the UK’s membership of the World Trade Organisation to the Channel Islands.

As we have stated repeatedly, extension of the UK’s Membership of the World Trade Organisation remains a key priority for both Jersey and Guernsey, and support from the UK Government is crucial to seeing this goal achieved.” 

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