Inclusion of the Bailiwick of Jersey in the UK-EU Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement ('TECA')
Launch date: 12/01/2021
Review status: Review started
What is the review about?
On 27 December 2020, the States Assembly voted to approve, in principle, Jersey's participation in the TECA. This vote was subject to a 90-day 'cooling off' period, to expire on 31 March 2021, during which time Jersey may terminate its involvement in the TECA. The proposition adopted by the States Assembly, as amended, instructs the Panel to present a report to the States Assembly prior to the expiry of the 90-day 'cooling off' period, for States Members to consider its findings.
The Panel's review will focus on scrutinising the sections of the TECA concerning 'Goods' and the trading implications this will have for Jersey, whilst the Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel will conduct a separate review of the sections of the TECA concerning 'Fisheries'.
The Panel's review objectives are to:
Scrutinise the final legal text of the TECA to ensure it reflects Jersey's interests;
Review the impact of the TECA on Jersey residents;
Engage with stakeholders, such as the relevant Ministers and Jersey industries, to seek reviews on Jersey's TECA participation;
Analyse any advice received from legal experts, and engage with the Law Officers' Department regarding the legal text; and
Provide constructive feedback and recommendations for the Council of Ministers and the States Assembly.
The Panel has launched its review and will be writing to a number of stakeholders for their views on the Agreement.
Terms of reference
To undertake a review of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (TECA) with a particular focus on the following areas:
To examine the final legal text of the TECA and ascertain whether it reflects the terms of the summary agreement.
To identify any matters where there is uncertainty, unease or work to be done relating to the practical implications of the TECA.
To consider the institutional provisions and processes of the TECA and whether they raise any issues for Jersey.
To provide an objectively informed assessment on whether it is in the best interests of Jersey to subscribe to the relevant Terms of the TECA.