16th October 2020, 20:10
The Chief Minister has said the clock is ticking but a Brexit deal for Gibraltar is still do-able. This follows technical talks with Spain this week, with work has also ongoing between the UK and Gibraltar delegations on what he has described as 'very complex issues'.
Fabian Picardo says the Government of Gibraltar team is continuing to work to deliver for Gibraltar a deal that provides maximum fluidity for all citizens and goods. He says he is not giving up and believes a deal is possible, adding he is ready to negotiate to bring home a positive result for Gibraltar and - therefore - also for the region around us, but within the confines of everyone's respective red lines. Mr Picardo says he will be briefing the Cabinet on Monday as well as Opposition colleagues represented by the Leader of the Opposition and Ms Hassan Nahon.
Meanwhile the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK will have to prepare for a No Deal scenario on the first of January unless the EU adopts a “fundamental change of approach”. Speaking in a televised statement earlier today, Mr Johnson said there would be no more trade and security talks. However, European Commission President Ursula von derLeyen said her team would be travelling to London next week to intensify negotiations.