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Islands' ministers have 'useful' meeting with MPs

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A 'FRANK and honest discussion' has been held with MPs in Westminster.

A 'FRANK and honest discussion' has been held with MPs in Westminster.

Chief minister Peter Harwood, Housing minister Dave Jones and the Jersey's Senator Sir Philip Bailhache and Deputy Sean Power met with members of the All-Party Parliamentary Channel Islands Group yesterday.

'We had a frank and honest discussion regarding the Channel Islands' relationship with the UK, and with the EU,' said Deputy Jones, pictured. 'The Parliamentarians present were interested to learn about numerous issues, including how the disapplication of LVCR had hurt the Channel Islands, and about our respective reviews of the machinery government.

'It was useful for the chief minister and Senator Bailhache and myself to reinforce the Parliamentarians' understanding of our relationship with the UK – both constitutionally and economically.'

He added that it was also useful to remind them that Guernsey met and exceeded international standards of tax transparency and co-operation, and that there was a big difference between low tax jurisdictions such as Guernsey and Jersey, and tax havens.

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