Channel Islands

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Channel Islands
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The Channel Islands (U.K.)

The British Channel Islands are located just off the coast of France - mainly in the Bay of St Malo but are not part of either. Formally they are Crown Dependencies, and are self-governing in all respects except for Defence and Foreign Affairs.

The Islands fall into two separate Bailiwicks (historic feudal divisions), each of which has its own separate government. Guernsey, Alderney and Sark (comprising the Bailiwick of Guernsey) is effectively a Customs Union with no customs controls between them (despite the fact that Sark levies taxes on alcohol and tobacco at a much reduced rate to the rest of the Bailiwick!)

The Channel Islands are not within the European Union or the VAT area so yachts (and their stay on the islands) are not governed by these two sets of regulations. Nor are they actually part of the United Kingdom, but instead form the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy and are actually British Crown Dependencies and directly governed by the Queen as "the Crown in right".


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