Guernsey is a self-governing jurisdiction with its own independent legal system and jurisprudence, which gives it a special relationship with both the UK and the European Union.

The island’s parliamentary assembly, the States of Deliberation, has complete political and legislative independence from the United Kingdom in all matters except foreign affairs, defence, and other matters touching upon the Royal Prerogative.

Guernsey’s legal system originates in Norman Customary Law and is presided over by the island’s chief justice, the Bailiff.

Relations with Europe

Guernsey is not a member of the European Union but has a fast-track ability to adopt European legislation as it sees fit.

The island is carefully planning for when the UK leaves the EU. For further information and the latest news see

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