Thursday, 3rd December 2015
Picardo and Lidington discuss Brexit
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo discussed the UK’s forthcoming referendum on EU membership with Britain’s Minister for Europe, David Lidington, during a private meeting at Lancaster House in London yesterday.
Mr Picardo signalled the Government of Gibraltar’s support for Prime Minister David Cameron’s efforts to achieve continued EU membership on the basis of reforms.
He told Mr Lidington that the necessary legislative work by the Gibraltar Parliament to ensure readiness for the referendum on EU membership was being carried out.
He also reassured the minister that Gibraltar would not be the source of any delays.
Mr Lidington, who had earlier addressed a gathering of British Overseas Territories leaders attending the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (JMC), congratulated Mr Picardo on his landslide win at the recent General Election in Gibraltar.
Mr Picardo took the opportunity to brief him on the Gibraltar Government’s new manifesto commitments.
Earlier, the Chief Minister participated in a session of the JMC chaired by the Minister for Overseas Territories, James Dudderidge.
The main themes addressed at this session were Child Safeguarding and Economic Development.
Last night, Mr Picardo was scheduled to have a private dinner with the Governor-designate, Lieutenant General Edward Davis, before flying back to Gibraltar this morning.