The implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies Contents

Conclusions and recommendations

The implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies

1.The primary priority for the Crown Dependencies in the aftermath of Brexit is to preserve their existing relationships with the UK, including their overarching constitutional relationship. We warmly welcome this, and recommend that the Government reaffirms, in its response to this report, that there will be no changes to these relationships. (Paragraph 8)

Brexit negotiations: engagement and representation

2.The Government has engaged the Crown Dependencies well regarding Brexit so far. This engagement may be more difficult to maintain as negotiations progress. We welcome the Ministry of Justice’s commitment to—and understanding of the importance of—its role in protecting high levels of engagement despite any such difficulties, which the Department for Exiting the EU’s lead in these matters does not abrogate. (Paragraph 14)

3.We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to represent the interests of all the Crown Dependencies, even in the event that they are not as one. (Paragraph 19)

4.There is no current suggestion of any divergence between the UK’s and the Crown Dependencies’ interests in relation to Brexit negotiations. If one were to arise, it may well be handled satisfactorily in the terms that the Government has laid out to us. However, the current approach does not guarantee this, and is unclear in ways that might become unhelpful to the Islands. The UK is likely to follow Brexit with a series of major trade talks with potential implications for the Crown Dependencies, demonstrating that their need for effective engagement and representation in international affairs will continue to be pressing after the UK leaves the EU. We recommend that, in its response to this report, the Government clarify its position on representing any of the Crown Dependencies’ interests that differ from the UK’s own in Brexit negotiations and thereafter. (Paragraph 21)

5.We further recommend that the Government report back on its progress on those issues requiring more urgent attention, such as agricultural export licences, by March 2018. (Paragraph 22)

24 March 2017