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Minister questioned on engagement with Crown Dependencies on Brexit

16 February 2017

The Justice Committee questions the Minister of State for Courts and Justice on the engagement between the UK and the Crown Dependencies on Brexit


Wednesday 22 February 2017, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 4.00pm

  • Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State for Courts and Justice, Ministry of Justice
  • Elaine Cobb, Head of Crown Dependencies Team, Ministry of Justice

The Crown Dependencies

The Crown Dependencies are the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man. They are not part of the UK, but the UK Government is responsible for their defence and international relations.

The constitutional relationship between the UK and the Crown Dependencies is administered by the Ministry of Justice, and is thus within the scope of the Justice Committee's scrutiny responsibilities. The Justice Committee in the 2010 Parliament last reported on general matters concerning this relationship in 2014 with Crown Dependencies: developments since 2010.

The Crown Dependencies are not Member States of the European Union, but are included in the EU's Customs Union and affected by some of its laws. 

The Justice Committee's short inquiry will assess the implications of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies. The Committee visited the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey in January in connection with this work.

Purpose of the session

The Committee is likely to consider the following themes during the session:

  • engagement between the UK and the Crown Dependencies on Brexit
  • the constitutional role of the Ministry of Justice
  • the level of involvement of the Crown Dependencies in negotiations on leaving the EU

Further information

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