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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

"What Is Bailhache Up To Now? - Court Of Appeal Of The Channel Islands???"


Jersey and Guernsey ‘could share legal services – even ministers’ to save money

According to Sir Philip Bailhache, Chief Ministers Ian Gorst (left) and Peter Harwood could be leading islands which share much more in  the years ahead than they do now
 
According to Sir Philip Bailhache, Chief Ministers Ian Gorst (left) and Peter Harwood could be leading islands which share much more in the years ahead than they do now
 
MAJOR savings could be made by sharing laws, services and even ministers between Jersey and Guernsey, said Jersey’s ‘foreign minister’ as he announced a conference on closer working between the islands.

The event is being organised in Guernsey in November by the Jersey and Guernsey Law Review, which is edited by Sir Philip Bailhache, the Assistant Chief Minister with responsibility for foreign relations.

The Senator says that the event, entitled ‘Channel Island confederation? Next steps’, will be an opportunity to explore how shared laws under a Court of Appeal of the Channel Islands could create joint regulators and services, saving millions of pounds for taxpayers in both islands.

‘We know that we are actually two entities and that Jersey and Guernsey are quite independent of each other in almost everything we do,’ said Senator Bailhache, ‘but it makes good sense both constitutionally and financially for the Channel Islands to be much closer than they are at the present. Is it too much in the future to contemplate a Channel Islands foreign minister? Could
Jersey cope with a Guernsey foreign minister, or vice-versa?

‘The conference will look at what is happening on the ground now, in terms of co-operation and looking at things we could do together, for example merging financial regulation and creating regulatory institutions that are Channel Islands-based, rather than Jersey-based or Guernsey-based.’

2 comments:

  1. Whilst I have yet to be convinced that this is actually a bad idea shouldn't the concept of something as grand as this be put to the people first? Or are certain politicians so arrogant that they believe that they can ride roughshod over the people?

    Before you can say the words "EU" and "Brussels" we could see decisions being made in another jurisdiction that affect us here without anyone have a say.

    The Beano is not the Rag

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  2. Ahhhh, so it isn't Jersey Independance he is after but rather Channel Island Independance. I bet there are two other brothers in the Channel Islands who would be up for that, so basicaly he (Baillache) just needs to convince Guernsey and he is on a roll.

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