Guernsey's relationship with UK to be debated by States

States of Guernsey crest
Image caption Guernsey remains a part of the British Isles through its links with the Crown, but is not a part of the UK

Guernsey's constitutional relationship with the UK will be debated before the end of the current States term.

Deputy Lyndon Trott, the chief minister, said a States report was being prepared, which would be ready for formal discussion in January.

He said: "The whole question of our international identity - whether that's our relationship with the UK or more broadly - is evolving."

"It is unrecognisable from what it was four years ago," he said.

His comments follow a further appeal by a long-term campaigner for more independence for the Bailiwick.

'Greater autonomy'

Advocate Roger Perrot, who organised a public debate on the issue in 2009, said the Westminster and Guernsey governments' aims differed more frequently.

He said this was "caused, in huge part, by the complete union of legislation between what goes on at Westminster and what is required by Europe".

He said: "The States should negotiate with the UK in order to give Guernsey greater autonomy both in respect of its international relations and in respect of domestic legislation."

While the Bailiwick of Guernsey is a part of the British Isles, it is not part of the United Kingdom, though the monarch remains head of state in the islands and appoints the lieutenant-governor as a local representative.

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