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Challenges lie ahead, but Gibraltar will overcome them, says chief minister

Picardo called for unity in making a success of Brexit.
Picardo called for unity in making a success of Brexit. / SUR
  • In his New Year message Fabian Picardo stressed that nothing can be imposed on Gibraltar, as the government prepares to Brexit alongside UK

The 2020 New Year message from chief minister Fabian Picardo was upbeat but didn't pull any punches: challenges lie ahead in this Brexit year, and everybody must be ready to do their bit to overcome them.

He said logistical problems will undoubtedly arise as Britain withdraws from the European Union, but "we have also done the work to prepare Gibraltar for all the potential consequences of our departure. Those consequences will come now at the end of the transitional period... the solutions for any such consequences are already in hand. We will be more than ready by then. Because we have worked and continue to work hard to ensure that Gibraltar is not caught out in any way".

Picardo insisted that it is time for the whole population to work together going forward to deliver Brexit successfully for Gibraltar.

"We must all be ready to do our bit and contribute fairly as Gibraltar stares down the challenges before us. That means every one of us. Each of us has to be ready to ask for less from our nation and to do more to secure our children's future. Because Gibraltarians don't run away from difficult challenges. We run over them. We run over them with hard work and, if necessary, stoic sacrifice. That is what characterised the generations that came before us. That is what has given our nation the strength it has today. That is what has delivered the prosperity we enjoy," he said.

The chief minister also repeated his warning to those who try to incite hatred against Gibraltar and its people, such as the far-right Spanish political party Vox. "We will do what it takes to stop them spreading lies and sowing hatred," he said.