The Channel Islands HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THE EU…..
|Îles Anglo-Normandes (French)|
Îles d’la Manche (Norman)
|Adjacent bodies of water||English Channel|
|Total islands||7 inhabited|
|Major islands||Jersey and Guernsey|
|Area||198 km2 (76 sq mi)|
|Highest point||Les Platons|
|Capital and largest settlement||Saint Peter Port, Guernsey|
|Area covered||78 km2 (30 sq mi; 39.4%)|
|Capital and largest settlement||Saint Helier, Jersey|
|Area covered||118 km2 (46 sq mi; 59.6%)|
|Pop. density||844.6/km2 (2187.5/sq mi)|
|• Summer (DST)|
|Internet TLD = GG and JE|
They include two Crown dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey, which is the largest of the islands; and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, consisting of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and some smaller islands.
“Channel Islands” is a geographical term, not a political unit.
The two bailiwicks have been administered separately since the late 13th century. Each has its own independent laws, elections, and representative bodies (although in modern times, politicians from the islands’ legislatures are in regular contact). Any institution common to both is the exception rather than the rule.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey is divided into three jurisdictions – Guernsey, Alderney and Sark – each with its own legislature.
Although there are a few pan-island institutions (such as the Channel Islands office to the EU in Brussels, which is actually a joint venture between the bailiwicks), these tend to be established structurally as equal projects between Guernsey and Jersey.
Otherwise, entities proclaiming membership of both Guernsey and Jersey might in fact be from one bailiwick only, for instance the Channel Islands Securities Exchange is in Saint Peter Port (and therefore Guernsey).
The term “Channel Islands” began to be used around 1830, possibly first by the Royal Navy as a collective name for the islands.