Alderney States also meets on a Sunday for Brexit

WITH just 24 hours’ notice to the residents, the States of Alderney convened an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to discuss the northern island’s situation regarding its attitude towards the Bailiwick’s participation in the UK-EU Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The members of the States of Alderney are pictured at the start of a historic Sunday meeting to discuss the Brexit deal with the acting Greffier reciting the Lord’s Prayer in
French. (Picture by David Nash)
The members of the States of Alderney are pictured at the start of a historic Sunday meeting to discuss the Brexit deal with the acting Greffier reciting the Lord’s Prayer in French. (Picture by David Nash)

This historical debate followed an equally unusual ‘people’s meeting’ held on the courtroom environs where the public was allowed to ask questions.

Under the guidance of States President William Tate, each Member agreed that the UK ‘deal’ and agreement was a reasonable compromise and ultimately beneficial for the Channel Islands as a whole.

Before voting unanimously to accept the agreement, they all gave their thanks to the States of Deliberation in Guernsey and expressed their gratitude for the many hours of extra work over the Christmas period by the Bailiwick’s civil servants who had generated the policy letter and detailed papers.

This was an unscheduled final meeting of the ‘old’ government and three new, and two re-elected members will take up their posts for a four-year term in January alongside five who still have two years to serve.

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