• Catalonia leader urged to ignore Madrid and press ahead with independence

    Catalonia leader urged to ignore Madrid and press ahead with independence0

    Catalonia’s leader faced mounting pressure on Friday from all sides, with hardliners in the separatist movement demanding he declare independence from Spain once and for all. Spain’s government and the European Union, on the other hand, want him to abandon the secession plans altogether. Spain’s deputy prime minister blamed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont for creating

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  • Govt publishes draft for landmark fintech legislation

    Govt publishes draft for landmark fintech legislation0

    The Gibraltar Government has published draft legislation that will place the Rock at the forefront of regulation in a burgeoning technology-driven sector of the global financial services industry. The draft Bill and accompanying regulations set out a regulatory framework for companies providing services reliant on distributed ledger technology. Once approved by Parliament, Gibraltar will become

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  • Referenda ‘more pertinent’ in today’s world, Garcia tells symposium

    Referenda ‘more pertinent’ in today’s world, Garcia tells symposium0

    Political shifts taking place across Europe make referenda “more pertinent” now than ever before, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said yesterday, as he insisted that a people’s right to self-determination cannot be denied. Dr Garcia was speaking at the opening of a symposium at the Garrison Library on Understanding Referenda and Self Determination in

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  • GSD urges Govt to scrap plans for Grand Parade

    GSD urges Govt to scrap plans for Grand Parade0

    The GSD has urged the Gibraltar Government to “listen to the people” and scrap its plans to construct an “ugly monstrosity” on the Grand Parade site. In doing so, the GSD also outlined alternative plans for the site which include three levels of underground parking with open space on top at ‘no cost to the

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  • Rajoy threatens to end Catalan autonomy as he demands clarity on status

    Rajoy threatens to end Catalan autonomy as he demands clarity on status0

    Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy has demanded that Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont should clarify whether he has declared independence. The request on Wednesday came with a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind the province’s autonomy if he has. He said the Catalan government’s response would be crucial in deciding “events over

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  • Sir Alan Duncan highlights UK commitment to Gib trade links

    Sir Alan Duncan highlights UK commitment to Gib trade links0

    The UK and Gibraltar are working to “maintain and strengthen” economic links including in key sectors such as insurance and gaming, where the Rock “is a global leader”, Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, told the House of Commons this week. Sir Alan made the statement in a written

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