The Attorney General, Michael Llamas, is among three Gibraltarians to feature on the Queen's New Year Honours List. Mr Llamas has been appointed as a CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) for services to Gibraltar, while Debbie Borastero has been honoured with an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to the local disabled community and Winifred Lane a BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to the Gibraltar Health Authority.
In a statement, chief minister Fabian Picardo offered congratulations to the recipients and said the honours were well deserved.
With regard to Michael Llamas, he said his "massive contribution to the development of Gibraltar and the Gibraltarians is unparalleled by any other non-political figure. He has changed the landscape in Gibraltar in a seminal way for our people in securing the vote in European elections, our membership of UEFA and our membership of FIFA. Each of those has had a seismic effect on the lives of people on the Rock and, in parallel, has had a massive effect in the international perception, regard and status of Gibraltar. In his humble, friendly and unassuming way, Michael has been one of the most effective advocates for Gibraltar's cause in national and international courts. He is also Gibraltar's first ever home grown Attorney General and a lynchpin of the Government's work on Brexit and Europe generally".