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22nd February 2021, 19:39

Government to work with UK negotiating partners on movement of goods, says Chief Minister

The Chief Minister says he will concentrate on working with negotiating partners in the UK to ensure Gibraltar is well prepared to represent the interests of all its businesses and all our people in the coming negotiations with the EU.

This is in response to a statement from the GSD's Roy Clinton, who has called on Fabian Picardo to clarify a tweet where he asserted that 'states that levy VAT do not levy import duty'.

Reacting to a GSD Press Release on VAT, the Chief Minister says the Government is preparing to work with TLAC and with other entities in finessing its negotiating objectives on any aspects of a UK/EU Treaty on Gibraltar.

He says the panoply of different options available is massive and so wide that it is not worth commenting on the many hundreds of different potential outcomes. He says Mr Clinton wants to just speculate, hypothesize and scaremonger.

Mr Picardo says his Government is considering all options in respect of movement of goods will only agree options that maintain or enhance Gibraltar’s attraction as a place from which to do business.

He says Mr Clinton seems to forget that, and adds he will continue working with the UK in preparing for the treaty negotiation with the EU.

Mr Picardo also says he wants to remind Mr Clinton that Gibraltar's negotiating opponents also assiduously read, listen to and watch the Gibraltar media, and he will therefore not give away his position in public at this stage.