Shadow foreign secretary pays a fact-finding visit to Gibraltar

Emily Thornberry with Dr Joseph Garcia. :: SUR
Emily Thornberry with Dr Joseph Garcia. :: SUR
  • Emily Thornberry held meetings with Fabian Picardo and Dr Joseph García, and stressed that the Labour Party is committed to Gibraltar

The UK’s shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, arrived in Gibraltar for a fact-finding visit on Wednesday, at the invitation of the government. On Thursday morning she called on chief minister Fabian Picardo and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph García, and attended the Workers Memorial Day service in the Alameda Gardens.

Dr García, who holds the Brexit portfolio in Gibraltar, later gave her a detailed briefing on the potential impact on Gibraltar of the UK leaving the European Union.

After the meeting, the deputy chief minister said: “The government is delighted to formally receive Emily Thornberry in Gibraltar. There are a number of UK politicians who have expressed an interest in coming here in order to declare their support and to learn more about the impact of Brexit. There is nothing like visiting Gibraltar in order to obtain a full understanding of the situation here. This is part of the strategy of our government to engage with opposition parties in the United Kingdom, as well as with the government. In the briefing, I explained the importance of frontier fluidity for residents, workers and tourists.”

Thornberry said that she had reinforced the message that the Labour Party remains unequivocally committed to protecting the sovereignty of Gibraltar and the right of its people to self-determination.

“We are also determined to protect Gibraltar’s economy and ensure that its government can continue to create jobs and prosperity in the years to come,” she said. “Under a Labour government, those principles will never be subject to compromise, bargaining or trade - whether in the Brexit negotiations or beyond - but will instead remain as solid as the Rock itself.”