3rd March 2016, 21:00
An exit from the European Union could leave Gibraltar politically exposed and at the mercy of Spain. Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia made these comments following a presentation made by students who had attended a visit to the EU institutions in Brussels last year organised by the Gibraltar in Europe Group.
The Deputy Chief Minister, who is also the Minister for European Affairs, told the group of year 12 students, who are due to visit Brussels in September, after the Referendum of 23rd June has taken place. This will determine whether the United Kingdom and Gibraltar will remain in the EU or will leave.
Dr Garcia explained the difficulties that could arise at the border if Gibraltar were outside the EU and he stressed the importance of the Single Market for businesses in Gibraltar. He said there were other positive gains for Gibraltar like EU Funding over many years, the EU format identity card which served as a travel document and the EU health card which allowed access to healthcare in other parts of Europe when travelling there.