Theresa May stresses support for Gibraltar on National Day

Gibraltar celebrates in red and white style.
Gibraltar celebrates in red and white style. / Government of Gibraltar
  • One of the highlights of this year's event, which was the last one with Gibraltar as part of the EU, was the prime minister's video message

September 10th is National Day, probably the most important event of the year for the people of Gibraltar and especially so this year, as it was the last time it was celebrated with Gibraltar as part of the EU.

Sir Joe Bossano

Sir Joe Bossano / INFOGIB

It was red and white (Gibraltar's national colours), it was exciting, it was emotional, especially when Sir Joe Bossano, former chief minister and Gibraltar's senior statesman, who has been in politics for 46 years, was granted the Freedom of the City to rapturous applause.

As usual, the British political scene was well-represented with a cross-party selection of visitors including the Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan.

There were also reassuring words from British prime minister Theresa May in a video message: "For more than 300 years, the UK and Gibraltar have been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder....I can assure you that this will not change as we leave the European Union. We joined the EU together. We are leaving together. And, as we step forward into the latest chapter of our shared history, we will - once again - do so together. The Government of Gibraltar is fully involved in the Brexit negotiations, and nothing will ever weaken our commitment to the people who call the Rock their home. As long as the people of Gibraltar want to remain British, British is what the people of Gibraltar will remain," she said to loud cheers.