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Feetham reaffirms unity, but questions figures

The GSD yesterday reaffirmed the need for a united front in the face of Brexit, even as it questioned the Gibraltar Government’s economic data and its commitment to prudent public spending.

Opposition leader Daniel Feetham said the UK’s vote to leave the EU was “…potentially the single largest threat to our economic model since the closure of the frontier and, in my view, in the history of democratic Government in Gibraltar.” 

He said the challenges ahead meant the government would have to rethink its spending plans for the years ahead and that it was time for “consolidation and long term planning”, including the provision of “a rainy day fund”.

Not only that, the outcome of the referendum required individual responsibility too.

“I have been talking about the culture of entitlement and expectation in Gibraltar which I felt we all, collectively, needed to tackle,” he said. 

“There is something more important than ourselves as individuals. There is a collective wellbeing of this community and the obligation to ensure that future generations enjoy the benefits we have enjoyed.”

“To do that we must all be responsible in the demands that we impose on the state.” 

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