This week the Justice Committee visited the Isle of Man as part of its inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies.
The UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June, a decision that is likely to affect the Isle of Man and its citizens. The Ministry of Justice and other UK Government departments are working with the Isle of Man Government on the latter's representation in Brexit negotiations. As these discussions continue, the Justice Committee visited the Island to meet with representatives of its Government, Tynwald, and its business community to gather information, including on the following points:
- What opportunities and risks does Brexit create for the Crown Dependencies, and from the perspective of the Dependencies what should the UK Government prioritise in its negotiations with the EU over its terms of exit?
- How will the constitutional position of the Crown Dependencies be affected by the UK’s departure from the EU?
- How effectively is the UK Government, and particularly the Ministry of Justice, engaging with the Crown Dependencies on Brexit?
Bob Neill MP, Chair of the Justice Committee, said:
"Making Brexit work is a critical challenge for the Isle of Man as for the UK, and the Island must be effectively consulted, adequately supported and properly represented when it comes to the process of leaving—a process that will, ultimately, be initiated and concluded by the UK. New arrangements for engagement between our governments, informed by previous Justice Committee reports, will be tested as parties strive to secure the best possible outcomes in a scenario without precedent. That is why we are honoured to be invited to the Crown Dependencies and eager to listen to the hopes and views that will be expressed. These experiences will be invaluable in our consideration of the Ministry of Justice's work."
The Committee also plans to visit Jersey and Guernsey in connection with this inquiry. It will report in due course.
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