British Overseas Territories

Chief minister defends beneficial ownership autonomy

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's chief minister has given a robust defence of Guernsey's autonomy and constitutional independence.

Answering questions on last month's UK Parliament debate - which originally looked to force Crown Dependencies such as Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man to make their beneficial ownership registers public - Deputy Gavin St Pier said the island would defend its right to govern itself as often as it had to.

He added that Guernsey would make its ownership registers public if it became an international standard.

The UK Parliament debate ended up dropping the Crown Dependencies from the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, although it will be attempting to legislate for the British Overseas Territories, such as the Cayman Islands.

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