Gibraltar issues emphatic message on last National Day before Brexit
12 September, 2018
A rallying cry has been sent by Gibraltar’s politicians on the 25th anniversary of National Day, the final one prior to the UK and the British Overseas Territory’s departure from the European Union (EU) – with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo signalling a determination to turn “the Brexit challenge into a Brexit win”.
Mr Picardo’s bullish message was supported by the presence at the 10th September celebrations of UK parliamentarians from across the political spectrum. For the third consecutive year, British Prime Minister Theresa May also delivered a video message to the Gibraltarian people.
“Proud to stand shoulder to shoulder”
In the video, which was played to the political rally, Mrs May celebrated the rich history and culture of Gibraltar while reaffirming the government’s double-lock sovereignty commitment to the Rock and its citizens.
She commented: “For more than 300 years, the UK and Gibraltar have been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder. Today as we mark Gibraltar National Day, I can assure you that this will not change as we leave the European Union.
“We joined the EU together. We are leaving together and as we step forward into the latest chapter of our shared history, we will once again do so together.”
An impressive roll-call of figures from across UK and Gibraltarian politics
32 UK parliamentarians were present at the rally, including the Minister for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign Office, Sir Alan Duncan, as well as Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster, whose party is keeping the current Conservative minority government in power.
Liz McInnes, Labour’s shadow Foreign Minister, and Conservative Bob Neill, the chairman of the all-party Gibraltar group in the House of Commons and who has long been a champion of the British Overseas Territory in the UK parliament, were also in attendance.
A territory looking ahead with optimism to its post-Brexit future
While the National Day celebrations themselves saw no shortage of positivity, there were similarly warm sentiments expressed in the run-up to the event about Gibraltar’s prospects after Brexit, as Mr Picardo told the Gibraltar Chronicle that the UK and the EU were nearing a Brexit deal “likely” to be advantageous for Gibraltar and its neighbouring region.
He added, in an interview with the newspaper: “I sincerely believe that despite the politics that we sometimes see played out on our television screen, the UK and the EU are very close to an agreement that will provide for both sides a much better opportunity to see their respective citizens prosper and progress after Brexit”.
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