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Gibraltar And UK Prepare For Brexit Negotiations

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
13 December, 2016

Ministers from Gibraltar and the United Kingdom recently met to develop plans for the forthcoming "Brexit" negotiations with the European Union.

The meeting was the first formal engagement between the two under the structure of the new Joint Ministerial Council (Gibraltar EU Negotiations), which is the framework within which the UK and Gibraltar are developing plans for the negotiations for leaving the European Union following the result of the referendum on June 23, 2016.

The discussions centered on the detail of the report "Gibraltar and Brexit" that was submitted by the Gibraltar Government to the UK earlier this year. During the course of the meeting, the UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker, expressed the full support of the UK Government for Gibraltar. He also gave an update on the state of play.

Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said he considered that the meeting with Robin Walker and Alan Duncan, the UK's Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, had gone very well.

"Robin Walker has a clear affinity with Gibraltar and he understands the issues that are relevant to us as we gear up to form part of the UK's negotiations to exit the EU. We have been able to go through the issues that matter and will be meeting regularly now to ensure we are able to work in close partnership with the UK in this process," said Picardo.

Picardo added: "All in all I can assure Gibraltar that this first official meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council has been very fruitful and successful for Gibraltar and we look forward to continuing this process going forward."

It was agreed that the Joint Ministerial Council would continue to meet on a regular basis and that a number of inter-governmental working groups would be established to examine specific areas in more detail.

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