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UK Europe minister expected in Gibraltar to witness first hand delays at border crossing to Spain

Saturday, June 28th 2014 - 01:46 UTC
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David Lidington's visit comes in advance of a return by the EC to review progress at the border David Lidington's visit comes in advance of a return by the EC to review progress at the border

The Minister for Europe, David Lidington, will visit Gibraltar on Monday 30 June and Tuesday 1 July. The visit will enable the Minister to visit the Gibraltar-Spain border to witness first-hand the continuing delays at the crossing, to hold discussions with HM Government of Gibraltar, and to meet a wide range of the people of Gibraltar.

 The Minister for Europe’s visit comes in advance of a return by the European Commission to review progress on improving congestion at the border. The Commission’s return visit follows concerted lobbying by the UK Government.

The Minister for Europe said he was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Gibraltar again. “I look forward to observing some of the initiatives being undertaken by the Government of Gibraltar and to meeting a wide range of people on the rock, who together contribute to a vibrant and prosperous Gibraltar”.

The Minister for Europe will meet the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister reflecting a strong relationship which has seen the UK Government and HM Government of Gibraltar working in lockstep to tackle Spanish pressure over the past year.

The Minister will also take a tour on the waters with the Gibraltar Squadron to allow him to see the work of the Royal Navy upholding British sovereignty of Gibraltar’s waters.

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  • Vestige

    Spain should redirect his flight for the lulz.
    Then turn him back at the border.

    Make an early reservation for an identical trip next year Mr Lidington.

    Jun 28th, 2014 - 02:30 am 0
  • golfcronie

    That would be the Argentinian way would it not?
    Not much mileage in that sonny, Didn't work for Argentina did it? All the hassle and still no talks. The best way is to come to a compromise with the UK, not antagonise them.They can talk about many things but you will find that the talk of sovereignty is definately off the table. The Spanish are only alienating their approx 30,000 workers that work in GIBRALTAR, they may learn or not but I don't think it is is the Latinos genes.

    Jun 28th, 2014 - 06:53 am 0
  • Clyde15

    If Spain wants to rack up the tension, fine. We make a better friend than an enemy.

    Where does it say he wants to cross the border ? He is not the minister for the third world .

    Jun 28th, 2014 - 10:15 am 0
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