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Minister denies independence bid

Reports that a complete split from the UK by the Channel Islands is imminent have been dismissed by Jersey's Chief Minister.

Manx radio and a Gibraltar website have reported a trip to Gibraltar by members of both Channel Island governments purportedly discussing autonomy.

The website report said the meeting had explored the issues the islands would face if they were to "go it alone".

But Senator Terry le Sueur said no talks had looked at independence.

He described the rumours of a crown dependency bid for freedom as a "figment of imagination".

He said the meeting had been a fact finding mission to look at the similarities between the economy of Gibraltar, as an EU member, and the islands' economies.

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