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Brexit: Crown Dependencies - EU Committee launches short inquiry

15 December 2016

The House of Lords European Union Committee launches a new short inquiry on the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies – Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

The Crown Dependencies are not part of the UK, nor are they included in the UK's membership of the EU. However, the Islands have a limited relationship with the EU that is set out in Protocol 3 to the UK's Act of Accession. As such, Brexit is set to bring an end to the Islands' relationship with the EU, at least in its current form. The inquiry will examine:

  • Reaction in the Crown Dependencies to the referendum
  • The Crown Dependencies' existing relationship with the EU, and how this will be affected by Brexit
  • The risks and opportunities that Brexit will present for the Islands
  • What relationship the Crown Dependencies will seek to have with the EU post-Brexit
  • The structures for communicating the Islands' concerns and priorities to the UK Government during exit negotiations

On Tuesday 20 December, at 4pm, the Committee will hear evidence from the Islands' three Chief Ministers - Senator Ian Gorst, Jersey, Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey, and Hon. Howard Quayle, Isle of Man. Further evidence will be taken in early 2017.

Although the Committee is not issuing a formal Call for Evidence, it welcomes any submissions on the above issues and any other related matters of interest. Any such submissions should be sent to

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