**Jersey** and the **Isle of Man** have signed constitutional agreements with the UK. The aim of these arrangements is to recognise the international identity of both jurisdictions.
Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator Frank Walker said the agreement recognises that Jersey has a unique identity separate from and different to the UK, but does not seek to change the unique constitutional relationship with the UK. *”We agree that it works well and we are both committed to evolving methods of achieving our mutual interests. I think that this commitment to continued evolution is very healthy and very important.”*
The Isle of Man’s Chief Minister, Tony Brown, said: *“This is a significant step forward in the Isle of Man’s evolution as a mature and responsible democracy. It confirms in writing that the island has its own distinct and legitimate interests on the world stage.”* He also felt the understanding reached should help the Isle of Man to flourish as a reputable centre for international business.
Chief Ministers Walker and Brown signed the agreement on behalf of their respective crown dependencies, while the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, The Rt. Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, signed on behalf of the UK.