LORDS

Don't forget the Crown Dependencies in Brexit talks, say Lords

23 March 2017

The European Union Committees publishes its report on the impact of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies in which it calls on the Government to remember its responsibilities to the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, and the Isle of Man.

Background

The Crown Dependencies are not part of the UK, nor are they included in the UK's membership of the EU. However, the Islands have a limited relationship with the EU that is set out in Protocol 3 to the UK's Act of Accession. As such, Brexit is set to bring an end to the Islands' relationship with the EU, at least in its current form.

Key findings

The Crown Dependencies’ number one priority is to maintain the strength of their close relationship with the UK. Yet the Committee highlight the potential tensions between this priority, and the desire to maintain as much as possible of the benefits of their existing relationship with the EU. The Committee identify areas where there these priorities could come into conflict, including:

  • The ability to trade freely both with the UK and the EU including in fisheries, agriculture and manufacturing
  • The financial services sector in the Crown Dependencies, and the ability to secure regulatory equivalence where appropriate
  • The ability to continue to attract EU citizens to live and work in the Crown Dependencies while maintaining the Common Travel Area with the UK

The Committee also stress that the Government has a constitutional responsibility to represent the interests of the Crown Dependencies in the Brexit negotiations.

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