British Overseas Territory Gibraltar received on Saturday the first consignment of the COVID-19 vaccine supplied by the UK. The vaccine supplied is the Pfizer BioNTech, which has been given to the vast majority of people that have received a COVID-19 vaccination in the U.K.
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Joseph Garcia held a virtual meeting with members of the All-Party Group on Gibraltar on Thursday, which included Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords with Group Chair Sir Bob Neil MP.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged his full support to Gibraltar and its people whatever happens in a telephone conversation with the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo on Friday.
The Government of Gibraltar warns over media speculation arising from reports in the Spanish press, as Gibraltar enters the final stages of Brexit negotiations before the December deadline.
Gibraltar has taken notice of the reports in the UK's press which confirm that, for several years, Spain has been actively engaged in anti-Gibraltar lobbying in Washington DC.
Gibraltar confirmed hat following direct contact between the Chief Minister and the Spanish Minister of the Interior, residents of Gibraltar and EU residents of Gibraltar are now able to cross the frontier into Spain.
This morning Gibraltar’s new governor was sworn in at the Gibraltar Parliament. Normally this is a high profile event with a guard of honour, residents lining the street outside and a packed crowd in the public gallery and a flurry of photographers. Sadly Sir David Steel missed out on that part of his welcome due to the COVID crisis.
The status of Gibraltar can be negotiated for Gibraltar by any parties other than the government of Gibraltar, and it is unacceptable to suggest that any negotiation could be between Spain and the United Kingdom. In the post-Brexit future, for the people of Gibraltar democratic legitimacy and credibility is above any return to old-style bilateralism.
The Gibraltar government could borrow up to 500 million pounds for Coronavirus aid if the community requires it in the coming months. This news came before parliament unanimously passed the emergency budget bill which will help cushion the negative economic effects the virus will have on the peninsula.
Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of the Gibraltar government expressed on Wednesday condolences on its behalf, and on behalf of the People of Gibraltar, to the family of Fernando Moran, former Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Spain, who has passed away on 19 January.