Justice Committee to examine how Guernsey’s differing views can be represented
Thursday 5th September 2013, 5:32PM BST.
MAKING sure that Guernsey’s views are represented internationally when they differ from the UK’s is something the Justice Select Committee will examine, its chairman has said.
The Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith and other members of the committee visited the island yesterday as a follow-up to its 2010 list of recommendations to improve Guernsey’s working relationship with the UK. ‘Our initial view is that things have worked very well,’ he said.
A Policy Council report, to be debated at the September States meeting, has requested the creation of a panel to investigate greater autonomy in law-making and international affairs.
When asked if the island was ready for more independence, Sir Alan responded: ‘Using phrases like independence raises big political issues that we aren’t really here to talk about.
‘Certainly as a committee we are not arguing for a completely different relationship between the Crown Dependencies and the UK, nor have we found many people on the island looking for that either,’ he said.