Closer working with Jersey 'will lead to a new CI institution'

A CLOSER working relationship between the Channel Islands will eventually require some form of pan-island institution, Jersey's assistant chief minister Sir Philip Bailhache has said.

Philip Bailhache

A CLOSER working relationship between the Channel Islands will eventually require some form of pan-island institution, Jersey's assistant chief minister Sir Philip Bailhache has said.

Legal experts and delegates gathered at St James yesterday to discuss increasing island co-operation - in particular the possibility of creating a Channel Island confederation.

Senator Bailhache, pictured, said he believed that a confederation would be in the best interests of the islands.

'I think at this stage the identity of both Bailiwicks are special and both islands are keen to preserve them,' he said.

'A confederation does not involve the merging of identities like a federation - it creates an institution that coordinates the power of separate states.'

Comments for: "Closer working with Jersey 'will lead to a new CI institution'"

Brian

Goody Goody - More jobs for the boys

Rustylink

Such a confederation would be beneficial only if it didn't provide another opportunity for politicians and officials to evade responsibility for their decisions and inaction.

Ed

"In the best interests of the islands"; that is probably the first occasion that I have read something that indicates that the States express concerns with regards to the impact of their enterprises on their countrymen ...