Brexit: ‘An opportunity for more independence’

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Senator Bailhache’s comments come as his department launches a campaign called Jersey: Let’s Talk Brexit, which is asking Islanders to share their hopes and concerns over Brexit.

JERSEY should seize the ‘opportunity’ of Brexit to consider greater independence from the UK and setting up a Channel Islands confederacy with Guernsey, the External Relations Minister has said.

Speaking to the JEP during a visit to Brussels to meet EU officials, Senator Philip Bailhache said that he wanted a key theme of the debate over Brexit to be whether Jersey should take more control over its own affairs and possibly form a new jurisdiction with other Channel Islands.

Such a splinter from the UK could create another headache for the British government, which is already facing the increased likelihood of independence in Scotland and Northern Ireland, both of which voted in favour of Remain during last year’s EU referendum.

Speaking from the Channel Islands Brussels office, the minister, who has previously called for greater independence to be considered, said that the issue of sovereignty had been brought into the open by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

 

 

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