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Islands' Chief Ministers write to Boris Johnson after election victory

Boris Johnson will stay on as Prime Minister after returning a landslide majority in the UK general election. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

The Chief Ministers of Jersey and Guernsey have written to the UK Prime Minister.

Senator John Le Fondré and Deputy Gavin St Pier sent letters to Boris Johnson after his Conservative party won a landslide majority in the House of Commons.

This means that the Withdrawal Agreement bill is likely to pass through Parliament quickly, meaning that the UK will withdraw from the European Union on the scheduled date of 31 January.

Both leaders stressed the importance of maintaining dialogue with 10 Downing Street throughout the process and emphasised the importance of a positive working relationship between the islands and the UK.

Senator John Le Fondré told the Prime Minister that Jersey 'continues to punch above its weight' as a partner to the UK Credit: ITV Channel TV

The Government of Jersey remains committed to working closely with you and your colleagues in Government to ensure that the Island’s interests, as well as those of our fellow Crown Dependencies, are well understood and fully addressed by the United Kingdom Government.

This includes Jersey’s engagement in both the final stages of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and, crucially, into the negotiations over the future relationship that will follow.

I trust that the UK Government will continue to recognise, and respect accordingly, the particular needs of our small Island which, nonetheless, continues to punch above its weight in global terms and as a valuable partner to the UK.

– Letter from Senator John Le Fondré, Chief Minister of Jersey to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson,
Gavin St Pier said ' there can be no ambiguity in the future about our constitutional position.' Credit: ITV Channel TV

Deputy Gavin St Pier said the working relationship between the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the UK had 'deepened during the Brexit process to date.'

Constitutional precedents have been tested and stretched over the last 12 months or so as a result of the tensions wrought on the UK's political system, as it has attempted to respond to the result of the Brexit referendum. The government of Guernsey wishes to ensure that there can be no ambiguity in the future about our constitutional position. This is a conversation which I will pick up with the Lord Chancellor in due course.

It is vital that the interests of Guernsey and the Bailiwick as a whole are strongly and accurately represented during negotiations for the UK's future relationship with the EU. At this time I would welcome your commitment in that regard.

It is appreciated that over the coming months you will have many demands on your time as you work to get Brexit done. However, I would greatly value the opportunity to meet briefly with you to discuss how our strategic and economic relationship with the UK can develop as part of the British family once the UK has left the EU.

– Letter from Deputy Gavin St Pier, Chief Minister of Guernsey to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson,