Keeping calm in Brexit negotiations 'very important'

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A SENSIBLE, informed and engaged negotiation over Brexit could leave the UK and the islands in a better place eventually, according to a UK politician tasked with highlighting the islands' interests in the talks.

Bob Neill MP was in the island at the invitation of the Guernsey International Business Association for its annual meeting.

Mr Neill was a remain supporter but now describes himself as a 'constructive leaver'.

'I am pleased that Theresa May's statement triggering Article 50 was pretty pragmatic and business-like in tone. Let's now start to move on some of the practicalities,' he said.

'There are going to be push-backs, we have seen some of that already, and it is not surprising that the EU is saying nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

'We need to avoid a climate where decision-makers are forced into corners on either side. Keeping it calm is very important.'

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