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GSD is ‘playing politics’ over Brexit planning

The European Union flag flies alongside the Gibraltarian flag and Britain's Union Jack on top of the Rock in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, historically claimed by Spain, November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

The Gibraltar Government has accused the GSD Opposition of “scaremongering” and “playing politics” over the ongoing planning which continues to take place for a no-deal Brexit.

In a statement the Government highlighted how in a recent Viewpoint programme the Leader of the Opposition Elliott Philips said the United Kingdom Government has issued more pages of Technical Notices than the Gibraltar Government.

“Anyone who has watched the programme will be forgiven for thinking that Mr Philips has no idea of the differences that exist between the United Kingdom’s terms of membership of the European Union as compared to the terms of membership of Gibraltar,” the Government’s statement read.

The Government said it is obvious that more technical notices will be issued in the UK.

“This is first because the UK is a Member State and secondly because its membership covers areas which have never applied to Gibraltar.”

Gibraltar is already outside the Customs Union, has no manufacturing industry, does not apply VAT, is outside the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy.

“That alone accounts for a huge part of the EU Acquis which does not apply here,” No. 6 Convent Place said.

This is simply why the UK has issued Technical Notices which cover more areas than Gibraltar, it added.

“Many of these, for example, have covered matters like Farm Payments, Nuclear Research, Humanitarian Aid, Export of Controlled Goods, Regulating Chemicals and Exporting animals, to name but a few,” No. 6 said adding that these are irrelevant to Gibraltar.

“Moreover, given the specific circumstances of Gibraltar, there are some issues which need to be handled sensitively in private meetings with interested parties again for very obvious reasons.”

“The Government has held well over fifty meetings with commercial entities and different representative bodies and organisations. These meetings are live and ongoing.”

It added that there are also other specific areas in the pipeline still to come.

“It is incredible that the Opposition should continue to play politics on a matter as serious and as important as our departure from the European Union. Their use of half-truths in the full knowledge of the reality behind the scenes is nothing short of shameful.”

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