British Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, was present on Sunday at the Gibraltar National Day celebrations. Cleverly, who was on a private visit to the Rock with his family, followed the celebrations from a balcony in Casamates, but did not take part in the official events.
A group of eighteen members from the House of Commons and the House of Lords will be in Gibraltar this week on a working visit for National Day, Sunday September 10. They will coincide with a separate delegation of leaders from the British Overseas Territories, including Falkland Islands representatives who will engage in preparatory work with a view to the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council with the UK in November.
Prime Minister Theresa May has said the United Kingdom will stand by Gibraltar for as long as Gibraltarians wish to remain British, reaffirming the double lock sovereignty commitment as the Rock celebrated a historic National Day.
The United Kingdom will stand by Gibraltar, its people and its economy for as long as Gibraltarians wish to remain British, Sir Alan Duncan said ahead of an official visit to the Rock. Britain’s Minister for Europe at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office arrived at the Rock on Saturday and will spend the weekend in Gibraltar celebrating National Day, 10 September, and the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.
The Queen of Gibraltar and the Rock’s evacuation generation were honoured on National Day Thursday by thousands of Gibraltarians who crammed into Casemates Square dressed in red and white.
By Jim Watt - The Gibraltar National Day political rally organised by the Self-Determination Group for Gibraltar (SDGG) was held at Casemates square on Tuesday. On stage were local politicians, including the leader of the opposition, heads and representatives of other British Overseas Territories, including the Falkland Islands, British MP's from all parties and Mr Perry Stieglitz Gibraltar's man in the US.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday, 10 September, praised the “enormous dignity” shown by Gibraltar in response to months of pressure from Spain and said the Rock's relationship with Britain was “solid, sure and enduring”.
The Foreign Office will fly the Gibraltar flag on Monday, National Day in its building along Whitehall. Foreign Office ministers David Lidington and Mark Simmonds, respectively the ministers for Europe and the Overseas Territories, have said they welcome the raising of the Gibraltar Flag over the FCO in Whitehall to mark Gibraltar Day.