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No-deal Brexit: Jersey will cope, says minister

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THE External Relations Minister has said that he is 'confident' that Jersey will cope with the consequences of no-deal Brexit after the UK government released details of their 'worst case scenario' expectations.

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The Operation Yellowhammer document, published last night, has outlined a number of the 'worst risks' to the UK if it leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in place, including potential rioting in the streets, food price rises and reduced medical supplies.

External Relations Minister Ian Gorst, has released the following statement in response:

'The Government of Jersey has repeatedly highlighted the possibility that in the event of a no-deal Brexit there may be negative impacts on Jersey, including delays to the Island’s supply chains, or a lack of choice of products. We are not complacent about these risks.

'I have asked officials to prepare for publication a summary of the planning assumptions and mitigations that the Government of Jersey has pursued, in order to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

'These contingency plans have been produced as part of the ongoing engagement that ministers and officials have had with the UK government, and complement the amendments to the Emergency Planning Law that were passed unanimously by the States Assembly [this week].

'I want to emphasise that, as with the Emergency Planning Law amendments, these plans are intended to be implemented in the event of a worst case scenario only.

'I am confident that our planning is robust, and we have substantial contingency preparations and flexibility to react to any potential disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit.'

Ian Heath

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