Guernsey outlines Brexit preparations

Posted: 10/01/2019

As the UK Parliament this week resumes debate on the UK's EU withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the future partnership, the States of Guernsey has published a statement on preparations for its response.

The States said it has been working with the UK government to carry out preparations for all scenarios, including no deal, over the past two years. Communication with businesses and the wider public will increase as the UK's exit from the EU approaches. 

On the States website, it said: "The House of Commons' decision on the proposed withdrawal agreement and political declaration on the framework for a future partnership is set to take place on Tuesday 15 January. Guernsey, along with the rest of Europe, will be closely monitoring that debate and vote.

"If the withdrawal agreement and political declaration are accepted by the House of Commons on 15 January, the Policy & Resources Committee intends to publish a policy letter on Guernsey's position in response to these agreements as soon as possible thereafter. 

"It will be seeking the permission of the presiding officer for that policy letter to be considered by the States of Deliberation at the States meeting on 30 January.

"In the event that the withdrawal agreement and political declaration are not accepted by the House of Commons on 15 January, the Policy & Resources Committee intends instead to make a statement at that States meeting of 30 January. 

"It will be liaising closely with the UK government throughout this time. This approach will enable the Committee to take all the latest developments into account, before updating the States, as the situation will continue to unfold after the date of the meaningful vote.

"This approach demonstrates that whilst we hope for an orderly exit by the UK, we have planned and are ready to respond to all eventualities. As well as this planned engagement through the States, we will continue to engage with industry whether it be directly, through industry bodies or through the Committee's Brexit group in order to help business prepare for the UK's exit from the EU."

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