The European Union Select Committee of the House of Lords today published its report on the impact of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies. It calls upon Government to remember its responsibilities to the Isle of Man, as well as the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey. Although the Crown Dependencies are not part of the UK, nor are they part of the UK's membership of the EU, they do have an association with the EU as set out in Protocol 3 to the UK's Act of Accession. A result of Brexit will be that the current form of the relationship between the Crown Dependencies and the EU will cease.
Susie Alegre, an expert on the law governing small States and their relationship with the UK and EU, was invited to provide evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee in January of this year. You can read Susie's evidence by clicking here (from where you will also be able to read her evidence to the committee on the impact of Brext on Gibraltar and the British Overseas Territories).
The Committee recognised the desire of the Crown Dependencies to maintain a strong relationship with the UK, but also recognised their desire to maintain the benefits of their existing relationship with the EU. In particular, the Committee explicitly endorsed Susie's submissions on data protection and the environment, as well as highlighting the need for development of the Crown Dependencies' capacity to engage internationally.
To read the Committee's report, please click here. And to learn more about the work of Doughty Street barristers and Brexit, in particular how we are safeguarding the rights of individuals impacted by these changes, please visit our Brexit Hub.