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Letter from PM seeks to reassure over Brexit

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UK PRIME Minister Theresa May has pledged to achieve a Brexit that works for all – including Guernsey.

Prime Minister Theresa May.

She was responding to a letter sent by Policy & Resources president Gavin St Pier.

The UK has reiterated its commitment to represent the interests of the Crown Dependencies on the international stage even when they differ.

‘This is particularly important as the UK works to depart from the European Union,’ said Mrs May, in a letter to Deputy St Pier.

‘I am determined that we will achieve a future relationship which works for all, including the Crown Dependencies.’

In his initial letter, Deputy St Pier stressed the importance of an orderly Brexit.

Mrs May said she agreed that leaving the EU with a deal is the best way to ensure an orderly Brexit that is in everyone’s interests.

With ongoing political disagreements, the default position is that the UK will leave with no deal on 31 October.

Talks began again yesterday with Labour in an attempt to come to a position that will get backing in Parliament.

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‘I continue to believe we need to leave the EU with a deal as soon as possible,’ said Mrs May.

She reiterated the Government’s defence of the long-standing constitutional convention that Parliament does not legislate for the Crown Dependencies on their domestic matters without their consent, save in ‘exceptional circumstances and as a last resort’.

Guernsey is continuing to face pressure from MPs to introduce public registers of beneficial ownership, with some arguing they can be forced by the UK to do so.

Deputy St Pier attended a series of meetings in London yesterday to discuss Brexit with ministers from the Department for Exiting the EU, Robin Walker MP, and the Ministry of Justice, the Rt Hon Lord Keen.

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He took the opportunity to lobby on the beneficial ownership issue.

‘I was able to reiterate the constitutional duty for the UK to represent our interests when seeking a new EU partnership that we can participate in, in particular the need for an economic relationship that is proportionate to our needs,’ said Deputy St Pier.

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