Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said on Thursday that in the event of a Brexit without agreement a “logistically difficult” situation would be created in relation to the border, which would make necessary to seek “pragmatic solutions”.
In statements to Cadena Ser Radio, at a time when the Government of Boris Johnson has pointed out the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the EU without an agreement, Picardo said that, with a “hard Brexit, a legal reality is created that has consequences for a border crossing with “a third country” and generates obligations from the point of view of migration management.
Just yesterday, when the colony celebrated Gibraltar Day, commemorating the 1967 referendum in which the Gibraltarians decided to remain under British sovereignty, Boris Johnson sent a letter to Picardo, assuring him that leaving the EU would bring “many brilliant opportunities” to the United Kingdom as well as to the Rock “alike”. He added: “If we want Brexit to be as successful as it can be, we must be bold and ambitious as we embark on this new and exciting journey together”.
“Unless and until you decide otherwise,” concludes the British Prime Minister, “no sliver of rock, no shred of national sovereignty will be handed over because on National Day we celebrate not only the unique and special culture of the Rock and its people, but also that momentous day in September 1967 when a massive 99.64 per cent of you stood up and said: “We choose to be part of the British family of nations, now and forever.