Meetings with Tory top brass raise the profile of Gibraltar issues

The chief minister with May and Dr Garcia.
The chief minister with May and Dr Garcia. / SUR
  • Chief minister Fabian Picardo and his deputy Dr Joseph Garcia met with PM Theresa May and leadership hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in Westminster

Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo, and his deputy, Dr Joseph Garcia, have been in London this week in an attempt to raise the profile of Gibraltar issues among the Conservative party top brass.

A meeting on Wednesday with current UK prime minister, Theresa May, was followed by meetings with the candidates to succeed her as head of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson MP and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, on Thursday morning.

Picardo met May at Downing Street, accompanied by Dr Garcia and the Attorney General Michael Llamas. The discussion centred around the Grace 1 tanker and Brexit issues. Picardo also thanked May for her support for Gibraltar during her time in office.

The meeting with Jeremy Hunt the following day also centred on a discussion of the Grace 1 situation and on preparations for the departure from the European Union.

A separate meeting then followed with Boris Johnson. In it the chief minister put across the challenges posed by the proposed EU departure in October. There was also a discussion of other Gibraltar matters.

The chief minister and deputy chief minister wished both candidates all the best for when the result of the Tory leadership contest is announced next week.