The House of Lords EU Committee has called on the UK Government to remember its responsibilities to the Channel Islands when considering Britain's exit of the European Union.
The Committee has today published its report on Brexit, calling on Westminster to ensure the Crown Dependencies are fully involved and engaged in the UK's Brexit negotiations with the EU.
The report identfies the Crown Dependencies' number one priority as being to maintain a close relationship with the UK. Yet the Committee has highlighted potential conflicts which may arise in the following areas;
- 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.
As a result, the Committee is urging the Government to ensure the Crown Dependencies are given the opportunity to participate in future trade arrangements that the UK makes with countries outside of the EU, and support Guernsey and Jersey in their efforts to ensure the UK's World Trade Organization membership is extended to them, as is already the case for the Isle of Man.