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Brexit on the British-Irish agenda

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BREXIT was among the topics discussed as the new Chief Minister attended his last British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly meeting.

Senator John Le Fondré has been representing Jersey at the 56th Plenary of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, which took place on 11 and 12 June in Sligo, Ireland

Senator John Le Fondré, who has been a member of BIPA for several years, was the Island’s representative at the meeting in Sligo, Ireland. He will be stepping down from the assembly following his recent election as Chief Minister.

Among the topics discussed were British-Irish co-operation, women in parliament and Brexit.

Senator Le Fondré said: ‘The British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly continues to play a crucial role in promoting co-operation between parliamentarians and the sharing of knowledge across these Islands.

‘This is particularly helpful for Jersey, allowing us to build relationships and understanding throughout the member jurisdictions, and we will continue to play an active role under a new representative.

‘At a time when we are all seeking to address the challenges of Brexit, a forum which emphasises the commonality of the issues we face and the benefit of coming together to address them has rarely been more important.

‘I have been honoured to play my part in the assembly and am grateful for the enduring friendships I have developed over the years, including with representatives from our fellow Crown Dependencies.

‘I was greatly touched by the warmth of congratulations I received from BIPA colleagues on my election as Chief Minister and I very much look forward to working with them in my new role.’

BIPA is made up of political representatives of Britain, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies.

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