Gibraltar will work closely with UK's new Foreign Secretary

The chief minister has expressed his thanks to Dominic Raab for all his support and has also written to Liz Truss to congratulate her

Debbie Bartlett

The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, held a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday and made a number of major changes, including the appointment of Liz Truss as Foreign Secretary to replace Dominic Raab, who will be Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and deputy prime minister.

This means that Liz Truss will now be playing an important role in the negotiations regarding Gibraltar's future relationship with the EU.

Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo, wrote immediately to Dominic Raab to thank him for his support while in office. He said it had been a pleasure to work with him and he had been a real support for Gibraltar in the negotiations leading up to the New Year's Eve agreement and on all Brexit matters, as well as the Covid pandemic, the supply of vaccines and the £500m loan guarantee. Picardo said he wanted to express the "fulsome gratitude of the people and government of Gibraltar for his work in partnership with us".

The chief minister also wrote to Liz Truss to congratulate her on her new post and to thank her for her support of Gibraltar in her previous position as International Trade Secretary. He said he was looking forward to working with her in relation to Gibraltar and as she takes on the wider role of leading the United Kingdom's diplomacy around the world. "I am sure we will work well together," he said.