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Deputy pushes for Channel Islands' own Privy Counsellors

Deputy pushes for Channel Islands' own Privy Counsellors

Monday 22 May 2023

Deputy pushes for Channel Islands' own Privy Counsellors

Monday 22 May 2023

Guernsey and Jersey should have a seat at the United Kingdom Privy Council, according to Deputy Gavin St Pier, who has published a draft amendment to P&R’s Royal Assent policy letter.

The UK Privy Council is a formal group of advisors to the United Kingdom as a sovereign nation. While it’s role in the modern era is more ceremonial than executive, Deputy Gavin St Pier argues that the Channel Islands should still have a seat at the table.

“The amendment, if successful, won’t lead to any immediate changes but it would represent an expression of political will by the Assembly that would enable P&R to open dialogue with the MoJ at the right time,” he said. 

The amendment would add the proposition that Guernsey and Jersey’s potential membership of the Privy Council should be explored. 

“Whilst the Privy Council in the modern era is largely ceremonial, it’s not appropriate in my view that our interests should be solely represented on it by serving UK politicians with no local knowledge,” continued Deputy St Pier. 

“In recent years, the rapidly changing cast of characters that have been responsiblein this role have included Liz Truss, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Dominic Raab.   

“Having our own Privy Counsellors would also be recognition of our status as the oldest of the Crown’s dominions, as well as our autonomy and political development.   

“This is consistent with the Government Work Plan’s objective of enhancing our constitutional resilience and the work of the Constitutional Investigation Committee that worked in the 2012-16 States, delivering the recommendations that have been adopted in P&Rs policy letter.” 

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