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8th November 2018, 20:31

Armed Forces Bill important step in “emancipation” of people of Gibraltar, says Picardo

A bill passed unanimously in Parliament has been described by the Chief Minister as the “final step” in the passage of the fortress of Gibraltar “from military to civilian control”. The Armed Forces (Gibraltar) Bill sets out the areas in which the Royal Gibraltar Police and services police, respectively, have primary jurisdiction in upholding the law – and the areas in which which they should work together.

The bill is twelve years in the making: although Fabian Picardo highlighted the importance of the incident last year when the MoD and RGP clashed over jurisdiction regarding a suspected criminal onboard a military plane.

The Leader of the Opposition, Elliott Phillips, welcomed the bill, describing it as a “very important piece of legislation”. An amendment to the bill will also allow service police officers to carry batons, handcuffs and incapacitant sprays. Parliament has adjourned until Thursday 22nd November at 3pm.