In preparation for Gibraltar National Day, the Government of Gibraltar invited a cross-party group of politicians from the UK to join in the annual celebration. This year’s National Day is particularly special as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum.

Dr Julia Reid MEP, who represents Gibraltar as a Member of the European Parliament, is amongst those celebrating the National Day this year.

Attending the National Day celebrations for the fourth year running, Dr Reid said: “On this day, half a century ago, an overwhelming 99.6% of Gibraltarians voted to remain British and reject Spanish sovereignty. And judging by the atmosphere here today, it’s clear that their desire to remain British hasn’t changed, if anything, it’s gotten stronger. The Gibraltarian people are proud to be British and they couldn’t make it any clearer.

“It’s so refreshing to see so many people coming together to celebrate their heritage and I’m so honoured to be a part of it. All we need now is for the rest of the UK to celebrate our own independence. Just imagine it, in just under half a century from now the UK celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 2016 referendum, the day we ditched the European Union’s hideous flag and dreary anthem.

Speaking on behalf of the UK Independence Party, Dr Reid added: “As always, we in UKIP will continue to reaffirm our party’s commitment to the people of Gibraltar and will continue to support them in their desire and determination to remain independent, self-governing and British.”

In addition to the National Day celebrations, a full working programme was also prepared for the group of cross-party politicians. This included a briefing with the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, a Brexit briefing with the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who is responsible for work related to exiting the EU, a briefing from the Ministry of Defence, and a call on the Governor and the Commander British Forces. There was also be a technical briefing on financial services matters.