5th December 2023, 15:07
The Chief Minister says the latest round of treaty talks in Malaga have been positive and productive, although still tough in some respects.
Speaking on Direct Democracy on Radio Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo said there was still no timeline for a treaty, although there were some obvious dates on the horizon which the parties had to be alive to.
Mr Picardo said the Governor spoke 'for all of us' when he told GBC there was hope for an in principle agreement before Christmas, reiterated that it was more important to get the right deal rather than a rushed deal.
He urged the public to give him this final space to negotiate at this late stage.
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Mr Picardo said he didn't think the Spanish authorities have the right to insist travellers have hotel booking to be able to cross into Spain, but although he had made representations to the Spanish Government, he said it was important to focus on getting past the treaty negotiation stage.
Commenting on the recent revelation that Gibraltar's population had grown to 38 thousand, the Chief Minister said there were challenges ahead, but that his government had planned for that in terms of power generation, the resetting of the public health system, the construction of new schools and planned to build three thousand units of housing in this term. Mr Picardo confirmed he would not stand with the GSLP for election again as its leader.