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Jolly sorry over ‘negative’ Gib comment

Liberal Democrat and House of Lords spokesperson for defence, Baroness Judith Jolly, has said she regrets the words she used in a debate in the House of Lords, 18 November, when referring to Gibraltar as an “offshore tax haven”.

“I regret any harm to Gibraltar which my words might have caused,” she said in a letter to the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

The letter explains that she recognises “that Gibraltar, as part of the EU, cannot fairly be grouped together with the Virgin Islands or Liechtenstein in matters of tax policy; and that Gibraltar abides by EU legislation in the areas referred to.”

The story was carried in Spanish newspapers yesterday including the Europa Sur.

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