Islands 'fear becoming Brexit bargaining chips'
JERSEY and Guernsey being used as 'bargaining chips' during Brexit negotiations is the 'worst fear' of Channel Islands officials as Britain prepares to leave the EU, a UK committee has reported.
During a hearing of the UK Justice Committee, panel members claimed that Channel Islands officials have said they fear that their interests may be 'traded away' after Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered by Prime Minister Theresa May, and the process of severing the UK's ties with Brussels begins.
The committee, which is investigating the implications of Brexit for the Crown Dependencies, reported that the islands were dissatisfied with the lack of attention they received when the UK joined the then-European Community in the 1970s and did not want to be neglected again.
Jersey officials have consistently said that they would like to preserve the status quo of their relationship with the UK and EU in many aspects, such as free trade in goods, freedom of movement and the rights of EU nationals to live in the Island.
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