Further top level talks between Gibraltar and UK over Brexit

The latest meeting was in Downing Street with Dominic Raab.
The latest meeting was in Downing Street with Dominic Raab. / SUR
  • Both governments are preparing for a deal and for no deal with the EU at the same time, and the work schedule is intensifying, says Picardo

The chief minister, Fabian Picardo, and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia held another meeting in London to discuss Brexit on Wednesday, this time in Downing Street with Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Robin Walker.

This was the latest in a regular series of meetings between the UK and Gibraltar governments which have been taking place since the EU referendum, but the work schedule is intensifying even further now in the run-up to the next meeting of the European Council in October.

The United Kingdom and Gibraltar governments, as has already been announced, are both preparing for a deal and for a no-deal Brexit at the same time.

This high-level political meeting followed detailed technical talks between officials from different UK government departments and other members of the Gibraltar team, including Attorney General Michael Llamas and Financial Secretary Albert Mena.

As the Gibraltar government has been at pains to point out recently, nothing has been settled yet and the next six to eight weeks will be vital. However, during the meeting the Secretary of State expressed his full support for Gibraltar in the Brexit negotiations and going forward, and although no details have been given by the Gibraltar or Spanish authorities there have been indications that talks between them are progressing well although nothing has yet been agreed. The Gibraltar government insists that none of its red lines will be crossed.