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Guernsey Signs International Identity Framework Agreement

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

23 December 2008


Guernsey’s Chief Minister Lyndon Trott has signed an International Identity Framework Document with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice. The document reaffirms Guernsey’s independence, particularly in administrative matters, as well as boosting bilateral co-operation.

Lyndon Trott was in the UK attending a range of meetings including one with Lord Bach, the UK Minister with responsibility for the Crown Dependencies. The meeting was scheduled to discuss a range of issues and provided the ideal opportunity for Trott to sign the agreement with Bach.

The framework document represents progress in confirming practices that operate within the existing constitutional relationship between Guernsey and the UK, and it identifies how the two administrations will work in partnership to develop Guernsey’s international identity. The document does not change the constitutional relationship.

Trott described the signing of the framework document as a ‘positive step’:

“The framework document asserts Guernsey’s independent identity; this is aligned to Government Business Plan Priority Number One. The document also recognises that Guernsey is a responsible, stable and mature democracy as well as observing that we have our own broad policy interests and that we are willing to engage with the international community.”

“It gives me great pleasure to be signing this document on behalf of the States of Guernsey. The document does not change the Island’s constitutional relationship with the UK, however it will prove to be an invaluable tool in my discussions to strengthen the profile we have and the relationships that we are building in the international community,” he concluded.

Lord Bach said: “I welcome the signing of the International Identity Framework Document with Guernsey, which sets out the principles of the framework within which Guernsey, assisted by the UK, will continue to develop its international identity.”

“The document formally acknowledges the special and distinct relationship that exists between the UK and Guernsey and marks an important stage in the mutually-supportive relations between the two governments.”


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