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Constitutions: Channel Islands

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the constitutional position of the Channel Islands. (122321)

The Channel Islands (the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey) are self-governing dependencies of the Crown, which—acting through its Privy Council—is responsible for their good governance. The Channel Islands have their own directly elected legislative assemblies, administrative, fiscal and legal systems, and their own courts of law. They do not form part of the United Kingdom, and UK legislation does not apply to them unless specifically extended; nor are they members of the European Union, but enjoy a special relationship with the EU under Protocol 3 of the UK’s Treaty of Accession. The UK is, however, responsible in international law for the international relations of all of the Crown Dependencies and is also responsible for their defence.