surinenglish

First minister of Wales visits Gibraltar to discuss Brexit

Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones.
Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones. / National Assembly for Wales
  • During the short visit, Carwyn Jones held talks with the Chamber of Commerce and Small Businesses Federation

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, arrived in Gibraltar late on Thursday, for a short working visit.

His visit took place against the background of the decision taken in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and came as the result of continuing contact between the government of Gibraltar and the devolved administrations in the United Kingdom with the objective of exploring common interests, including commercial and economic links.

Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, and Jones have met several times in the past at Labour Party conferences, and in December last year the deputy chief minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, and a delegation from Gibraltar were hosted in Cardiff by the first minister of Wales and his team.

The programme for this visit to Gibraltar included a working dinner with Fabian Picardo on Thursday evening, and discussions with Dr Joseph García, who holds the Brexit portfolio in Gibraltar, on Friday morning.

These talks were followed by a working lunch, hosted by the minister for Commerce, Albert Isola.

Jones also met with representatives of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, before flying home later in the day.

Brexit is generally assumed to be challenging for both Gibraltar and Wales. The Demos think tank said recently that as more than 60 per cent of exports from Wales go to EU countries, it is likely to be the most affected of nations and regions if tariffs are imposed, and by the potential loss of support from EU aid.