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Gibraltar Has UK's Support, Says May

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
25 August, 2016

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has reiterated the UK Government's full support for overseas territory Gibraltar.

In a letter to Gibraltar's Chief Minister, May said: "The outcome of the European Union (EU) referendum will not affect our steadfast commitment to Gibraltar and its people."

Discussing the fractious relationship between Spain and Gibraltar, she said: "We will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their wishes, nor will we enter into any process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content."

She wrote: "It will take some time for our future relationship with the EU to become clear but I can assure you that there will be no immediate changes in Gibraltar's circumstances, neither in the way people travel nor how services are sold."

Commenting on May's letter, Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabien Picardo, said: "I was pleased to have an early opportunity to meet the Prime Minster on July 13, and I am delighted with the detailed written reply I have received from her regarding various matters which are of concern to my Government and, indeed, to the people of Gibraltar."

"This has been an excellent start to the relationship between my Government and that of Theresa May and I very much look forward to working with her in the months and years to come."


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