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Gibraltar meets in London with Brexit minister David Davis

Friday, September 16th 2016 - 09:52 UTC
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 Chief Minister Fabian Picardo with UK's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis and Robin Walker from the Brexit department Chief Minister Fabian Picardo with UK's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis and Robin Walker from the Brexit department

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, was briefed by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo this week on Gibraltar’s key concerns ahead of Brexit. Mr Davis, accompanied by Robin Walker, the Minister of State at the department for Brexit, met with Picardo and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia in London late Monday evening.

 “The Chief Minister outlined the issues that were of importance to Gibraltar in our relationship with the European Union and briefed the Secretary of State on the challenges and the opportunities that lay ahead,” the Gibraltar Government said in a statement.

“Mr Davis expressed his general support for Gibraltar.”

“The discussions are set to continue in detail given the commitment that has been given that Gibraltar will be dealt with at the same level as the Devolved Administrations in the UK.”

On Wednesday afternoon the Gibraltar delegation, which included Attorney General Michael Llamas, QC, attended a conference dealing with Brexit issues.

The conference, entitled “Brexit and beyond: Implications for the British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories”, was organised by the Centre for Small States and Doughty Street Chambers.

This continues the early engagement of the Government of Gibraltar with the UK, which commenced almost immediately after the referendum result became known.

Meetings have already taken place with the Prime Minister Theresa May, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Europe Minister Alan Duncan.

Gibraltar has embarked on an internal exercise in order to assess the impact of Brexit across every area of the public administration. The private sector has also been involved in this process. This detailed consultation has taken place and is now largely complete.

The raw data is now being analyzed and tabulated by a small team which includes the Deputy Chief Minister and the Attorney General and a Master Plan will be produced.

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  • Brit Bob

    The U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union hands Spain its best chance in three centuries to reclaim sovereignty over Gibraltar, Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said.

    The best formula would be for Spain and the U.K. to exercise joint sovereignty over the territory which would still be able to broadly administer its own affairs, Garcia-Margallo said in an interview Friday with broadcaster Antena 3.

    Dream on....

    Sep 16th, 2016 - 03:06 pm 0
  • Briton

    The MOD has stated that the Royal Navy may well permanently station some ships at Gibraltar, one or two OPVs perhaps.

    Sep 16th, 2016 - 07:18 pm 0
  • Skip

    Gibraltar is tackling Brexit proactively as it has no desire to leave the UK. Contrast this with Scotland which at least has the opportunity to reenter the EU as an independent state if it wishes.

    Spain has more to worry about than Gibraltar but it makes a good diversion when you look at the pictures from Catalonia's recent national day this week.

    Catalonian independence would be devastating for Spain as it would totally negate any claim it has to Gibraltar. However Scottish independence would entrench Gibraltar as British as it would show that Britain is capable of letting different nations and people of the UK exercise self-determination.

    No matter which way you look, Spain loses.

    Now if only Spain could form a government.....

    Sep 16th, 2016 - 07:23 pm 0
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