Speaking in the United States yesterday, the politician, who is also president of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie de Jersey, said he believed there was agreement on both sides that Diplomatic arguments sometimes arise and that links between the citizens of Jersey, Normandy and Brittany. stayed strong.
He made the comments in response to a question from Deputy Minister Rob Ward about the assurance he could give to ensure that inter-jurisdictional relations are safeguarded.
“I don’t think this is the time to point the finger and look at what could have been done better and I think there will be some math time, but I know the ministers and the rest of us are, I am sure, eager to see a return to the good relations that we had previously with Normandy, Brittany and the rest of France ”, he declared. “I want to stress that this is a direct result of Brexit and that it is something that neither we, as an island, nor our fishermen, nor our women, and likewise those of Normandy, did not ask or which we could not vote for – but now we must face the consequences.
“There are not sufficient reasons why our strong relationships, including twinning with parishes, should not continue once this fishing problem has been resolved. “
Almost immediately after the start of the fishing dispute last week, the Normandy Channel Council decided to close its Maison de la Normandie and La Manche office in Halkett Place.
Noting on this, Senator Sam Mézec said it could be “tragic” if it becomes permanent and asked what steps could be taken to mend the relationship once tensions have eased.
He added that better relations between the parishes and their twin French towns could open up lines of communication that could be used to resolve possible disputes in the future.
MP Tadier said: ‘Historically, Jersey has always done best and most successfully as an island when it recognized that it was both British and had a strong French culture, while openly being more internationalist and welcoming. I’m afraid we’ve lost some of that and while it’s absolutely correct that we have a strong relationship with the north, I think it’s unfortunately increasingly to the detriment of those in the east and the north. south – France.
He added, “We all need to come together to brainstorm and come up with real policies in all of our departments – straight from the education department so that we can make sure that people who drop out of school are no longer just monolingual and we have this debate about what kind of island we are.
“It’s a personal point of view but I think we’ve lost too much of our French and European culture and our uniqueness as an island and we need to recalibrate. “