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Gibraltar Urges UK To Avoid EU Exit

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
17 March, 2016

Gibraltar has told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK House of Commons of the difficulties the territory will face if the UK leaves the European Union.

A statement from the Government to the Committee said: "EU membership has been an important factor in the development of Gibraltar's economy." It explains how Gibraltar has embraced the challenge of compliance with EU regulations and directives and it stresses that access to the single market is important to Gibraltar's economy and its cross-border traders.

In the submission, the Gibraltar Government said: "Our membership of the European Union has been a unifying issue in Gibraltar politics," with all political parties behind continued EU membership.

The submission says it "is important that there should be clarity as to the rights the British Government will protect and defend for Gibraltar in the context of its own negotiations if the referendum decides for leaving the EU."

The Gibraltar Government warns that it is essential that the United Kingdom guards against attempts by Spain to take advantage of the present situation by advancing its claim to Gibraltar.

Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said: "I think it is important that we should make our position clear to the Foreign Affairs Committee. They have been very helpful to Gibraltar in the past and I have no doubt that the submission of our paper will greatly assist them and other British Parliamentarians to understand the deeply held concerns of the people of Gibraltar."

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