Article 50 triggered: How will the Channel Islands be affected?

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has signed the historic Article 50 letter that will begin Britain's divorce from the European Union.

But how will Brexit affect people, businesses and industries in the Channel Islands?

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'Guaranteeing rights of British and EU nationals in Guernsey a priority'

The President of the Committee for Home Affairs says guaranteeing the rights of EU and British nationals in Guernsey is a top priority during Brexit negotiations.

Deputy Mary Lowe added maintaining the free movement of people via the Common Travel Area (CTA) is also an aim for the Crown Dependencies and the UK.

Our immigration and nationality regimes are tied to the UK. We are part of the CTA, we are British and the relevant UK Acts of Parliament have been extended to underpin this. Guernsey, like the UK, also wants to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the islands, and we would like to see the rights of British nationals in the EU maintained. This will be a priority area of work for the UK and Guernsey.

– Deputy Mary Lowe

Jonathan Le Tocq: Guernsey confident of good communication with the UK during Brexit negotiations

Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq has said Guernsey officials are confident "good lines of communication" with the UK will remain open as Brexit negotiations begin.

His comments follows Theresa May's triggering of Article 50 beginning the UK's exit from the EU.

He added greater opportunities, including new trade relationships, could emerge as a result.

There are obviously threats, the uncertainty at the moment is the biggest one, but with every threat is opportunity.

For example we can potentially enter new trading relationships that we have been unable to take part in before.

The UK will gain a new set of trade policy tools that it did not have control of before - that is what seeking the extension of the UK’s World Trade Organisation membership all is about.

While there is uncertainty, now is also the time for positivity. Yes there are challenges ahead but we will rise to it and seek to ensure that opportunities are grasped.

– Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Policy & Resources Committee lead on external affairs

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