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.