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Alderney agrees role in post-Brexit talks

Alderney agrees role in post-Brexit talks

Wednesday 12 February 2020

Alderney agrees role in post-Brexit talks

Alderney has backed Guernsey's post-Brexit plans to "champion the Bailiwick's interests" as trade deals between the UK and EU are thrashed out.

With the end of this year set as the deadline for the UK's full exit from the EU, the States of Alderney has said the UK needs "a clear understanding of Bailiwick objectives in matters such as fisheries, other uses for our territorial waters, financial services, immigration, trading arrangements, food and medicines regulations and e-commerce".

Since the 2016 UK referendum, a series of Brexit-related policy letters have been considered by Guernsey’s States of Deliberation, States of Alderney and Chief Pleas of Sark – and recently, all three islands have agreed legislation to enable the Bailiwick to react speedily to externally imposed change.

Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee recently agreed to Guernsey’s plans to establish the Future Partnership Delivery Group (FPDG), which will include representation from Alderney and Sark. This Group will champion the Bailiwick’s interests in the UK-EU future relationship negotiations.

To ensure the process can move swiftly, P&F Chairman James Dent has been authorised to participate in FPDG deliberations. If Mr Dent is unavailable, a deputy will be named.

James dent

Pictured: James Dent already represents the island on a number of issues and has been vocal about its economical outlook with calls for transport links to be improved. 

Both Guernsey’s Policy & Resources and Alderney’s Policy and Finance Committees believe it is critical that the Bailiwick speaks, when it can, with a common voice. If there are differences between the aspirations of the three jurisdictions then the Group will be the local referee.

A separate Trade Policy Advisory Panel (TPAP) has also been set up to consider the operational elements of the negotiations and act as a sounding board for the Bailiwick’s industry and commerce.

“These negotiations between the UK and the EU are programmed to be very fast-paced so it’s important that we have our collective finger on the pulse and Alderney is fully engaged so that our interests and red lines are taken into account,” said Mr Dent.

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