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CM optimistic treaty agreement could be reached by Easter ‘or shortly thereafter’

The Chief Minister briefed MPs in the House of Commons on the latest development in the treaty negotiations. Photo by Eyleen Gomez

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told UK MPs on Tuesday that he remained “strongly optimistic” that agreement on a UK/EU treaty on Gibraltar’s post-Brexit relations with the EU could be reached before the Easter break “or shortly thereafter”.

He was speaking as he and the Royal Gibraltar Regiment jointly hosted a lunch at St James's Palace for a delegation from all the parties represented in the House of Commons’ All Party Parliamentary Group on Gibraltar.

The Governor, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, was also in attendance.

During the lunch, Mr Picardo thanked the Group for their continued support for Gibraltar in the House of Commons and in the House of Lords.

The Chief Minister went through some of the latest developments in Gibraltar on matters related to COVID and the arrival of refugees from Ukraine to the Rock.

And he expressed confidence that agreement on a treaty could be reached in the coming weeks despite setbacks to the timetable of negotiations arising from the Ukraine crisis.

“It was a real pleasure to host a representative group of the APPG on Gibraltar,” Mr Picardo said.

“We greatly missed Bob Neil, who was unable to attend as he had contracted COVID.”

“I gave them an update on all things Gibraltar and confirmed, on the eve of the start of another round of talks with the EU, as I have in Gibraltar already, my strong optimism that we can secure an agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union before Easter or shortly thereafter.”

“The Group restated that they were ready to support Gibraltar as required in the event that the government felt any action were to be required in the Commons or the Lord's, a position for which I thanked all present on behalf of the People of Gibraltar.”

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