IoM's interests 'will be respected' by PM in Brexit negotiations

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Theresa May has written to the Isle of Man's Chief Minister saying that the island's interests will be respected during the Brexit process.

Howard Quayle MHK was recognised for his positive remarks, made to the House of Lords EU Select Committee, on the UK Government’s close engagement with the Crown Dependencies so far.

Mrs May said she commits to engaging with the IOM, "strengthening the bonds between us as we forge a new relationship with the EU and with the wider world."

The report calls on the UK Government to ensure that the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are fully involved in the Brexit negotiations, stating that the UK has a constitutional responsibility to represent the Crown Dependencies in international matters.

The Council of Ministers fourth interim report on Brexit is due to be issued shortly after the triggering of Article 50 on Wednesday. It will provide an update on recent developments, with an overview of work being undertaken by Isle of Man Government in preparation for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.