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Jersey's relationship with the UK and EU

​Customs Arrangement with the United Kingdom

On 26 November 2018 the Minister for External Relations signed the Jersey-UK Customs Arrangement, which establishes a customs union between Jersey and the United Kingdom.

The two essential elements of establishing a customs union are that the parties agree:

  • not to impose import tariffs for goods passing between themselves
  • to impose a common external tariff on goods from places outside the customs union

Jersey and the UK are currently in a customs union with the EU and apply the EU’s common external tariff, but that will change on leaving the EU Customs Union on 29 March 2019.

The following was also agreed between the parties:

  • tariff free movement of all types of good between Jersey and the UK, with no quantitative restrictions on imports
  • the ability to impose prohibitions or restrictions at border for specific reasons
  • participation in a new Joint UK CD Customs Committee
  • retention of Jersey’s autonomy in fiscal matters
  • autonomy in maintaining local customs IT systems

Jersey UK Customs Arrangement

Referendum of the United Kingdom's membership of the EU

​The minister for External Relations has published a report around the referendum decision to leave the EU. 

The report:

  • gives background to Jersey's engagement with the UK and EU in recent years
  • analyses what's at stake for Jersey
  • details what we want to achieve for Jersey in the upcoming negotiations

You can read the report, 'The UK exit from the EU: what it means for Jersey and how we will protect Jersey's interests, on the States Assembly website.

Brexit information report on States Assembly website

Jersey's relationship with the United Kingdom

Jersey’s status as a Crown dependency gives the Island constitutional rights of self-government and judicial independence. Jersey has a considerable measure of autonomy within its constitutional relationship with the United Kingdom (UK) although it is not independent of the UK.

In practice, responsibility for the Island’s international representation rests largely with the UK government. However, the UK always consults Jersey on its obligations in international law and other international agreements.  Jersey is included in many of the important international conventions to which the UK is a party, including human rights legislation and international sanctions.

In May 2007 the Chief Minister signed the International Identity Framework Document with the UK Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. This framework is intended to clarify the constitutional relationship between the UK and Jersey, and to assist in the development of Jersey’s international status and identity.

Framework for developing the international identity of Jersey

Jersey and the European Union

Jersey has a special relationship with the European Union (EU). In simple terms, the Island is treated as part of the European Union for the purposes of free trade in goods, but otherwise is not a part of the EU. The formal relationship is set out in Protocol 3 of the UK's 1972 Accession Treaty and confirmed in what is now Article 355 (5) (c) of the EU Treaties.

Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, it's our priority to make sure that Jersey’s interests in the European Union and with the UK are understood and protected.

We are committed to seeking the best outcome for the people and businesses of Jersey and we will continue to act in the Island’s best interests.

The Channel Islands Brussels Office (CIBO) makes sure that Jersey’s interests are promoted in Europe. As well as representing Jersey to EU institutions, CIBO also advises the States of Jersey on EU policy issues.

Channel Islands Brussels Office website

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