• Year-end Brexit blues

    Year-end Brexit blues

    • December 31, 2018

    Paddy Ashdown, the highly-respected Liberal Democrat peer who died just before Christmas, had clear views about the madness of Brexit. In June 2016, a fortnight before the referendum that set the UK – and by extension Gibraltar – on a turbulent two-year course to withdrawal, Lord Ashdown told guests at a dinner in Gibraltar that

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  • Unite’s wish list for 2019

    Unite’s wish list for 2019

    • December 28, 2018

    by Gillian Birkett Unite the Union wishes a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all working people, whether in employment or not. 2019 will be both a challenging and uncertain year. As Gibraltar Plc is not in the driving seat, we do not only control events, but we are not clear as to what changes

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  • A Christmas message from the Governor of Gibraltar

    A Christmas message from the Governor of Gibraltar

    • December 26, 2018

    Merry Christmas Gibraltar. At this special time of year, Lorraine and I would like to wish the People of Gibraltar all the uplifting happiness and ‘humanness’ that flows from the festive season when we take time to get together with our family and friends; when we take time to listen, understand and empathise with each

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  • How Sir Joe Bossano is ‘breaking the civil service’

    How Sir Joe Bossano is ‘breaking the civil service’

    • December 17, 2018

    How Sir Joe Bossano is breaking the civil service – a response to the political broadcast of December 10, 2018 by Wendy Cumming, President of the Gibraltar General and Clerical Association Sir Joe Bossano’s political broadcast was dramatic indeed. Starting out with a fervour of nationalism, it quickly evolved into a civil/public service denigrating exercise

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  • Calm before the Brexit storm

    Calm before the Brexit storm

    • December 15, 2018

    Can Theresa May find a way to rescue her Brexit deal?  That is the question that dominated the discussion in Westminster and Brussels at the end of a tumultuous week in which the Prime Minister saw off rebels in her party who called a vote of no confidence in her leadership. Mrs May won two

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  • Brexit crossroads

    Brexit crossroads

    • December 8, 2018

    Next week represents a critical juncture in the Brexit process. On Tuesday, the House of Commons will vote on Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. The Prime Minister faces entrenched opposition on both sides of the House and the wide expectation is her deal will be rejected.
If Mrs May’s deal falls, what will happen next is

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  • Space to breathe, but curves ahead

    Space to breathe, but curves ahead

    • November 25, 2018

    On issues of legal substance at least, little appears to have changed. The Withdrawal Agreement and political declaration approved on Sunday include Gibraltar in the deal and the transition phase, and will ensure that our exit from the EU is as soft as possible. Until December 2020 at least, things will remain much as they

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  • Statement by the Chief Minister on the eve of the November special European Council

    Statement by the Chief Minister on the eve of the November special European Council

    • November 24, 2018

    by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo Ahead of the Special European Council in Brussels tomorrow, I have held an extraordinary session of the Gibraltar Cabinet this evening. Tonight, I want to be clear with you all about what the current situation is. A few moments ago I took a call from Prime Minister Theresa May. The

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  • Political noise over Gibraltar hides a complex, nuanced reality

    Political noise over Gibraltar hides a complex, nuanced reality

    • November 23, 2018

    Between now and Sunday, the UK and the EU will almost certainly agree a form of words that will assuage Spain’s bruised pride over Gibraltar and the Withdrawal Agreement. Spain is upset that the draft divorce deal, negotiated over the past year by UK and EU officials and due to be rubber-stamped by the European

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  • Spain will always be Spain

    Spain will always be Spain

    • November 22, 2018

    So much for Spanish goodwill in the Brexit process. Barely a month ago the chief minister, Fabian Picardo, told parliament that he welcomed prime minister Pedro Sánchez’s “positive approach” to the discussions that left to one side the question of Gibraltar’s sovereignty. A beleaguered Theresa May even held up the (supposed) progress over Gibraltar as

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  • Under the draft withdrawal Protocol, Gibraltar’s Brexit position is protected

    Under the draft withdrawal Protocol, Gibraltar’s Brexit position is protected

    • November 15, 2018

    The Gibraltar Protocol contained in the draft UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement respects the UK’s constitutional relationship with Gibraltar. It also makes clear that the agreement is without prejudice to the respective legal positions of the UK and Spain on sovereignty and jurisdiction. As such, if – and it is a big if – Theresa May and

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  • A seminal moment for Gibraltar

    A seminal moment for Gibraltar

    • November 9, 2018

    The runway incident could have led to a collapse in the relationship between the UK and Gibraltar governments and between key organisations whose top priority on the Rock is the protection of this community. Instead, it has led to a strengthening of that relationship, albeit after months of difficult, often strained negotiations. The UK could

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