Speaking at the top floor of the Gherkin, one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, told the Gibraltar day reception that the Rock will never give up its “enduring relationship” with the United Kingdom.
Mr Picardo, who was amongst the 96% of the Gibraltarian electorate who voted overwhelmingly in favour of continued EU membership, said: “with the help of our partners, colleagues and friends in the Government of the United Kingdom, I believe that we may even be able to emerge from the process of Brexit that we didn’t choose, stronger than we might have imagined.”
Picardo explained to the audience that “Heat Mapping” of the Gibraltarian economy has shown, in objective statistical terms, that access to the British market is more important to Gibraltar than any other market. Picardo went on to clarify that, “if pressed to choose”, Gibraltar would always choose to continue its relationship with the UK over access to the single market.
During the annual event Robin Walker, who is a minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union, told the reception that the “UK’s commitment to Gibraltar has not diminished” and that we are committed to fully involving Mr Picardo’s government in the preparations for Brexit, including regular ministerial meetings.
Dr Julia Reid, who represents Gibraltar as a UKIP MEP, was part of the 200-strong crowd that attended the evening reception. During the event, Dr Reid spoke with the Chief Minister who said he was looking forward to their meeting in Brussels later in the year.
Dr Reid said: “I was delighted when I heard Fabian Picardo’s speech which was very optimistic and upbeat about Gibraltar’s future post Brexit”.