Jersey's Place in the World
- Defend Jersey's relationship with the United Kingdom and resist any attempts to become an independent country.
- Develop stronger relationships with our neighbouring Channel Islands and the regional governments in Brittany and Normandy.
- Cease to provide positive PR for representatives of regimes with unacceptable human rights records.
Even though we are a small Island, Reform Jersey believes that we have a positive role to play in the world. Our financial services industry can facilitate initiatives designed to combat climate change and eliminate poverty. Our sanctions regime has led to the immediate freezing of Russian assets in response to the war in Ukraine. Our Overseas Aid Commission is changing lives in many places affected by natural disasters and war. All of these are things which we should be proud of.
Jersey’s close constitutional relationship with the United Kingdom has been fundamental to our prosperity, as well as our security. We will not support any moves towards independence from the United Kingdom. But we will defend Jersey’s interests at all levels, including where our interests may not align with the United Kingdom.
We will seek to develop stronger relationships with our neighbours, both in the Channel Islands and France, where there are opportunities for mutual benefit. In particular, by working more closely with Guernsey, we could have a louder voice in negotiations on matters which affect us both (such as the continued fallout of Brexit) and potentially achieve better value for money for some services by delivering economies of scale. We will also seek to work with the regional governments in Brittany and Normandy to promote greater economic and cultural engagement.
Lastly, although Jersey’s foreign policy is aligned with the UK, we will not take part in any positive publicity for representatives of regimes with unacceptable human rights records.