1. ITV Report

Channel Islands governments 'ready for all Brexit outcomes'


An extension to the Brexit deadline has been welcomed by Guernsey's top politician, while Jersey's External Relations Minister says the island is ready 'whatever the outcome'.

Theresa May has agreed to the EU's offer of a "flexible extension" to Article 50 until October 31st, with a review on progress in June, giving her six more months to either ratify or rethink her withdrawal deal.

Deputy Gavin St Pier added his support for the decision this morning, saying while the ongoing uncertainty is 'inevitable and undesirable' it is in Guernsey's best interests that the UK leaves with a deal.

He confirmed, however, that the island will continue to prepare for a no-deal outcome in October.

Meanwhile, in Jersey, Senator Ian Gorst said: 'The Government of Jersey remains prepared for whatever Brexit outcome is achieved on, or before, 31 October 2019. We will continue to liaise closely with UK Ministers and officials to ensure that the Island can mitigate any risks and take advantage of the opportunities that Brexit presents.'