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Comments on Guernsey Guilles by Graham Guille

History of the Guernsey Guilles by Graham Guille

Jersey is the largest and Guernsey the second largest of the Channel Islands.  They lie in the English Channel off the north west coast of France. Guernsey covers 24 square miles with a population of approximately 58,000.  The primary business location is St. Peters Port.  The Channel Islands have a unique constitutional arrangement with the United Kingdom (UK). They are possessions of the English Crown, as distinct from colonial and overseas dependencies of the UK.  The locally elected legislative assemblies have the exclusive right to legislate on matters of domestic concern to the Islands (including taxation) while the United Kingdom Home Office is responsible for the external affairs of the Islands. The Islands are associated members of the European Community and as such are only subject to European law in so far as they specifically contract in to the European Community. Thus they have elected to become part of the common tariff and agricultural levy system but are not subject to European law in most other areas. The official language is English although French is still spoken and the legal system is based upon a mixture of English and French law.

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