Text of the Framework for developing the international
identity of Guernsey
[Jersey and the Isle of Man have agreed similar
Following the statement of intent agreed on 11 January
2006, the Chief Minister of Guernsey and the UK Secretary of State
for Constitutional Affairs have agreed the following principles.
They establish a framework for the development of the international
identity of Guernsey. The framework is intended to clarify the
constitutional relationship between the UK and Guernsey, which
works well and within which methods are evolving to help achieve
the mutual interests of both the UK and Guernsey.
12. The UK has no democratic accountability in and
for Guernsey which is governed by its own democratically elected
assembly. In the context of the UK's responsibility for Guernsey's
international relations it is understood that:
The UK will not act internationally on behalf
of Guernsey without prior consultation.
The UK recognises that the interests of Guernsey
may differ from those of the UK, and the UK will seek to represent
any differing interests when acting in an international capacity.
This is particularly evident in respect of the relationship with
the European Union where the UK interests can be expected to be
those of an EU member state and the interests of Guernsey can
be expected to reflect the fact that the UK's membership of the
EU only extends to Guernsey in certain circumstances as set out
in Protocol 3 of the UK's Treaty of Accession.
13. Guernsey has an international identity which
is different from that of the UK.
14. The UK recognises that Guernsey is a long-standing,
small democracy and supports the principle of Guernsey further
developing its international identity.
15. The UK has a role to play in assisting the development
of Guernsey's international identity. The role is one of support
16. Guernsey and the UK commit themselves to open,
effective and meaningful dialogue with each other on any issue
that may come to affect the constitutional relationship.
17. International identity is developed effectively
through meeting international standards and obligations which
are important components of Guernsey's international identity.
18. The UK will clearly identify its priorities for
delivery of its international obligations and agreements so that
these are understood, and can be taken into account by Guernsey
developing its own position.
19. The activities of the UK in the international
arena need to have regard to Guernsey's international relations,
policies and responsibilities.
20. The UK and Guernsey will work together to resolve
or clarify any differences which may arise between their respective
21. Guernsey and the UK will work jointly to promote
the legitimate status of Guernsey as a responsible, stable and
mature democracy with its own broad policy interests and which
is willing to engage positively with the international community
across a wide range of issues.
117 Jersey's Framework agreement can be found here:
the Isle of Man's Framework agreement can be found here: http://www.gov.im/lib/docs/cso/iominternationalidentityframework.pdf Back