24 January 2020
The Minister for External Relations Senator Ian Gorst has signed a Ministerial Decision giving effect to the European Union (Regulations Related to United Kingdom Exit - Commencement) (Jersey) Order.
The Order brings into force, at 11pm on Friday, 31 January 2020 a set of Regulations that will amend the Island’s legislation to account for the effects of the UK ceasing to be a member of the EU. The Regulations will make necessary amendments to a range of Jersey Laws to recognise the United Kingdom as a third country, distinct from the European Union.
The Minister commented: “The Government of Jersey has been working since the announcement of the UK referendum on EU membership in 2016 to ensure Jersey is fully prepared for all Brexit related scenarios. Now, with the UK Withdrawal Act having received Royal Assent, it is clear that the UK will leave the European Union next Friday. This Order will ensure that Jersey takes the necessary legislative steps to ensure the continuity of our statute book after 31 January 2020.
“While the legal process of Brexit will take place next Friday, Islanders will not see any changes to their ability to travel to or trade with the European Union. The status quo will continue until the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020, by which time the new relationship between the UK and EU should be in place.
“The focus of my work will now be on ensuring that Jersey’s interests are fully represented as the UK Government begins negotiations on the future relationship with the EU. Our Brexit Unit, which will now focus on International Trade, has today published the results of the Government’s ‘Let’s Talk Trade’ Consultation, launched in October 2019, to understand industry needs and to shape our approach to external trade. The consultation had over 560 responses through focus groups and an online survey run by 4insight.
“One of the key findings from the consultation was overwhelming support for Jersey to take a principles-based approach to our ongoing engagement with the UK Government. Those principles – including building on our Brexit and Global Markets objectives, and promoting and protecting Jersey’s international identity and reputation – have informed the creation of a negotiating mandate that we have shared with the UK government, to guide UK Ministers and officials in the delicate discussions about Jersey’s future as part of the wider UK negotiations.”