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Policy & Resources Committee comments on UK Parliament's Brexit delay vote

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Saturday 19 October 2019

It is disappointing that there is further delay in the UK Parliament's 'meaningful vote' on the most recent Withdrawal Agreement, leading to yet further uncertainty.

We have consistently said that a disorderly exit for Britain was not in the best interests of the Bailiwick.  We will obviously continue to engage closely with the UK government as it and Parliament consider their next steps in relation to the Withdrawal Agreement in the coming days.

Brexit on 31st October remains the UK Government's policy and therefore regrettably there is still the possibility of this happening without the ratification of an approved deal.  The States of Guernsey have been preparing for that possibility for more than three years. Through close working with the UK government, regional officials in key areas such as Portsmouth, and local industry, we are as ready as we can be, whatever the outcome of ongoing Westminster's Brexit deliberations.

Given the turbulent political events in the UK in the last three years and the parliamentary arithmetic, this latest development is not a great surprise. Guernsey's political stability and consistency of approach since the UK's referendum stands out in stark contrast, which is understandably proving so attractive to business and potential new residents.

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