Faroe Islands

Background The Faroe Islands is archipelago in the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland. It is approximately 320 kilometres from the northwest of Scotland. The population of the Faroe Island is 50,000. Between 1035 and 1814, the Faroes were part of the hereditary Kingdom of Norway. An 1814 treaty granted Denmark control of […]

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Greenland

Background Greenland is an autonomous constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Its population is 56,480. It is part of the Danish Realm under the Constitution of Denmark 1953. It has been a Danish colony since 1814 and prior to the breakup of Denmark/Norway had been under the Norwegian Crown since 1262. Greenland (unlike the […]

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Cyprus

Background A united Cyprus became independent from the United Kingdom in 1960. Greek and Turkish Cypriots had earlier sought respectively to unite with Greece and Turkey. A Constitution was established which apportioned government positions, Parliamentary seats and places in the administration. Following disagreements on constitutional amendments applied by the President in 1963, which Turkish Cypriots […]

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Isle of Man & Channel Islands

Isle of Man The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom or the European Union. It is neither a member or associated member of the European Union. It did not take part in the Brexit referendum. It is a crown dependency with its own independent parliament and administration. The Queen is sovereign […]

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Gibraltar

Background Gibraltar is a British overseas territory. It  was ceded to the Crown of Great Britain in perpetuity by the Treaty of Utrecht  in 1713. Gibraltar comprises approximately 5.8 square kilometres of land and approximately 4.5 km of territorial waters. Gibraltar is a separate jurisdiction to the United Kingdom with its own government administration and […]

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Frontier Exceptions

Origin Article XXIV(3) of the GATT agreement provides that the provisions of the Agreement shall not be interpreted to prevent advantages accorded by any contracting party to adjacent countries in order to facilitate frontier traffic.  The GATT interpretive note expands further on the frontier traffic exception. The wording of the reference to frontier traffic which […]

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EU Associated Territories & Others

Outermost Regions The Special member state territories of the European Union are various territories which for historical geographical or political reasons have a special status within or special relationship with the European Union. The nine outermost regions form part of the European Union and are subject to certain derogations due to their distance from Europe. […]

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