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Thursday, 21 June 2012

"Bailhache Still Fighting For His Own Personal Kingdom"

Referendum would be needed on independence

Jersey's Assistant Chief Minister says islanders would need to support the idea of breaking away from the UK in the form of a referendum.

Senator Sir Philip Bailhache is not advocating independence, but he insists it is something we need to be prepared for.

He said, "There are many small countries - not just in the world but in Europe, which are considerably smaller than us, which manage to cope with sovereignty. If it should become in our interests to break the ties with the UK then I think we should be ready to do that."

Senator Bailhache's comments come as a constitutional review of the Channel Island's relationship with the UK is underway.

Back in 2009, islanders voted overwhelmingly that the States should set up this review.

The Chief Minister, Deputy Peter Harwood who chairs the External Relations Group (ERG) says there will be a focus on the legislative process and international agreements.

Following the General Election earlier this year, the ERG had its first meeting on Monday.

It was decided at the meeting that the paper which is up for review should remain a standing item for now.

In particularly having legislative and treaty-making autonomy.

Deputy Roger Perrot said: "I am looking forward to playing my part in progressing the report, however it is of fundamental importance that Jersey and Guernsey speak with one voice."

Deputy Harwood said: "This was a recurring theme leading up to the General Election and the States must consider all the facts."

No date has been set for the States to consider the paper as yet.


  1. The Bailhaches have been planning for independence since 2007 according to Graham Power.

    "I recall that in 2007 I assisted a small working group which included, among others, the Bailiff Sir Philip Bailhache and the Attorney General William Bailhache. The purpose of the group was to prepare a draft contingency plan for complete independence."

  2. Would that mean that Pip gives his knighthood back??

  3. This tit should have tried for independance 40 years ago. I bet he would have had a great chance back then when Jersey was a smaller community and was more focused on tourism to a small island culture and all its good or bad nuances, and not forgetting its unbuilt up shoreline. Now, all his mates and mates of mates have had a slice of the pie it's lost its charm and also allowed more people over that are not so interested in independance as they would have been many years ago.

    Now, he is left clutching at straws trying what he can to attempt what any clever minded individual in his high and mighty position would have sorted out years ago.

    Phil has fucked up, he could have been a contender but know he is becoming a has been trying his best to clutch to the power he had and is now losing a grip of. Time to admit defeat, should never have allowed the clutches of power to be wrestled from his grasp, his forefathers would be turning in their graves to see how he has buggered up the families power.

    Bye bye Phil, nice last gasp attempt by lowering yourself to becoming a states member instead of holding power over them. You have made a balls up and you know it