Following the expected news of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, British military reservists have been leaving the Island this week to rejoin their regiments and ships. They carry with them the best wishes of Islanders for victory and hopes of a safe and speedy return.
After the considerable turmoil of the last few days, the Lieutenant Governor has proposed important steps to calm matters. Addressing the States Assembly, he requested that Members grant him new wartime powers to take control over a number of local affairs. These include the import and export of essentials, the ability to remove undesirables from the Island and control over food and fuel pricing. These measures would assure the wellbeing of Islanders and the military garrison in the weeks ahead.
General Rochfort has also asked that the Royal Court register a number of Orders-in-Council dealing with matters such as trading with the enemy.
In the meantime, a decision has been taken to cancel this year’s Battle of Flowers in view of the situation. It comes as the exodus of holidaymakers, with more than 1,000 departing since war broke out.