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UK-Gib trade ‘vital’ after Brexit vote, Labour conference told

Labour’s shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, has highlighted the “vital” need for Britain to keep its doors open to trade and services with Gibraltar in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Addressing a reception hosted by the Gibraltar Government on the fringe of the Labour party conference in Liverpool, Ms Thornberry acknowledged the concern in Gibraltar following the outcome of the June 23 referendum on EU membership.

“Therefore it is imperative we in Britain and we in the Labour Party continue to show our solidarity with Gibraltar during these uncertain times,” she said.

Ms Thornberry said Labour was determined to work closely with the Gibraltar Government “…to work out how best to take these next steps together.”

“There is no doubt Gibraltar must continue to enjoy the benefits and prosperity that it has gained from its membership of the EU,” the shadow Foreign Secretary told the reception.

“And it is also vital that Britain keeps its doors open to the people of Gibraltar for trade and services.”

“This is why we saying that Gibraltar must be fully involved in and represented at all negotiations and arrangements which the UK carries out with the EU, we must ensure Gibraltar is fully protected.”

Her comments came as Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told Bloomberg that although Brexit represented “an existential threat” to Gibraltar’s current economic model, it opened opportunities too.

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