Brexit opportunities for Guernsey, declares UK minister

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BREXIT will provide a 'host of opportunities' for Guernsey, according to a UK minister on his first trip to the island.

Deputy Gavin St Pier (left) with Brexit minister James Duddridge MP (Picture provided by States of Guernsey).

Brexit minister James Duddridge was recently appointed to oversee engagement with Crown Dependencies on Brexit matters.

'Brexit will provide a host of opportunities for the whole UK and the wider British family, including Guernsey, and I want to make sure we're all ready to take full advantage,' said Mr Duddridge.

During his visit, he met political and industry representatives to discuss a range of issues and priorities regarding Brexit, including deal and no deal planning in customs, immigration, financial services and fishing.

Mr Duddridge was also briefed on the importance of maintaining the existing constitutional relationship between the Bailiwick and the UK.

President of the Policy and Resources committee Deputy Gavin St Pier said it was a pleasure to host Mr Duddridge on his first official visit.

'We value the effort that he has made to visit the island so soon after taking up his role. This visit has enabled key stakeholders within both government and industry to discuss with James the priority areas of opportunity, as well as concern, that the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU present.

'We look forward to continuing to work with the UK in the coming months to ensure that our interests are taken into account as the UK finalises its plans for leaving the EU and to deliver the best possible outcomes for Guernsey.'

Mr Duddridge said he chose to visit one of the Crown Dependencies as his first visit as a Brexit minister because he understood the importance of the relationship for both sides.

'I wanted to speak to people in the island of Guernsey about their priorities, as well as give an update on no-deal preparations.

'In all my meetings I stressed my personal commitment to maintaining our strong partnership as we leave the EU on 31 October.'

Charlotte Le

By Charlotte Le
News reporter

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