Jersey will remain an island where businesses and residents can "thrive and remain assured in their future" regardless of the outcome of UK Brexit debates, the island's external relations minister has said.
On Wednesday night, MPs in Westminster voted against leaving the European Union without a deal. However, meaning the threat of a no-deal Brexit remains as the EU will have to accept whatever London proposes next.
External Relations Minister Ian Gorst said he was "cautiously optimistic" that the UK would reach an agreement acceptable to the House of Commons, and that Jersey would continue to thrive whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, the Jersey Evening Post has reported.
We've been preparing for the eventuality of no deal since 2016 so we have well advanced contingency plans and we will continue to work on them"
Guernsey's chief minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier, has responded on Twitter with the following statement:
In light of tonight's vote, for the time being, the only legal certainty is a no deal UK exit on 29 March. We have already advised HMG that this outcome is not in our interests but we will continue to plan for it, until such time as any alternative direction is agreed. https://t.co/wy76LPvbSW— Gavin St Pier (@gavinstpier) March 12, 2019
Senator Ian Gorst says it is business as usual for now.
"We've been preparing for the eventuality of no deal since 2016 so we have well advanced contingency plans and we will continue to work on them.
"What we have been endeavouring to seek is as much certainty as possible.
"We've got to remember we're not members of the European Union, we're only in for protocol 3 so that allows for the trading goods, we're not in for financial services, so we have maintained that stable position throughout these two years and we will continue to maintain that stable position whatever the votes are over the next three days or the coming weeks."