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Gibraltar Brexit issues are no threat to Jersey

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JERSEY will not face similar issues to Gibraltar during Brexit due to its different relationship with the UK compared to the Mediterranean territory, a spokesman for the External Relations Department has said.

This week a row erupted after the European Council published draft guidelines suggesting that any post-Brexit agreement between the EU and UK concerning Gibraltar should only be passed with the agreement of Spain.

The move led to heated remarks from politicians, including former Home Secretary Michael Howard, who even suggested that the UK should go to war with Spain if the sovereignty of Gibraltar – the population of which is in favour of remaining British – is not protected post-Brexit.

A spokesman for the External Relations Department said, however, that it was unlikely Jersey would end up in a similar situation due to a number of differences in its relations with the EU and UK.

Do you have any questions or concerns about Brexit you would like to ask Jersey's ministers? If so, the JEP would like to hear from you. Contact Ian Heath by writing to the JEP, PO Box 582, Five Oaks, St Saviour, JE4 8XQ or by emailing iheath@jerseyeveningpost.com

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