UK Assures Gibraltar Of Post-Brexit Support
by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
20 July, 2016
Gibraltar's Government has received a written undertaking from the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), David Cameron, that Gibraltar should be fully involved in the process established by the UK to exit from the European Union (EU).
Cameron added that the UK will work in partnership with the Government of Gibraltar to seek to ensure that its interests are properly taken into account.
Cameron said that the idea of a "UK-Gibraltar common market" is being looked at across the UK Government as a matter of urgency. Importantly, he confirmed that there are currently no plans to introduce any changes to the treatment of gambling marketing services, in particular in relation to VAT.
Cameron also declared that one of the top priorities of the UK remains a well-functioning Gibraltar-Spain border.
"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. There will be no initial changes in the way people can travel or in the way services can be sold", Cameron explained.
"Gibraltar has been British for 300 years and I want to keep it that way," said Cameron. "The United Kingdom has always stood up for Gibraltar, and we always will."
Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said: "The Government is very pleased that the issues we raised with the United Kingdom have been dealt with at the highest level and are being looked into so quickly." He added: "This final communication from former Prime Minister David Cameron, whilst he was still in Downing Street will be very welcomed by all and in particular by the gaming and insurance industry."
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