The Justice Committee launches an inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies (the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
The Crown Dependencies
The Crown Dependencies are not part of the UK, but the UK Government is responsible for their international relations, including EU matters: this responsibility falls to the Ministry of Justice. The Crown Dependencies’ current relationship with the EU—principally contained in Protocol 3 of the UK’s Act of Accession, which grants freedom of movement of goods—is uncertain in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, which could also affect the bilateral relationships between the each of the Islands and the UK.
The Prime Minister has confirmed that the UK will consult the Crown Dependencies throughout the negotiation and exit processes. The outcome of these processes could be critical to the prosperity and constitutional position of the Islands. The Committee will collect views from any and all interested parties; it is particularly keen to hear from residents, officials and experts on Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man itself.
Call for evidence
The Committee seeks written submissions no more than 3,000 words in length addressing the following questions:
- 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?
The deadline for submissions to this inquiry is Friday 18 November 2016.