Mr Hammond will this morning meet Chief Minister Fabian Picardo to discuss the UK’s commitment to Gibraltar’s defence and security, the territory’s economic successes and challenges, and the Government of Gibraltar’s stated wish to remain in the EU.
The official visit will begin with a tour of the Royal Navy vessel RFA Mounts Bay followed by a meeting with crews of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron, Gibraltar Defence Police, Royal Gibraltar Police, and HM Customs, who together defend Gibraltar’s sovereignty and interests.
Talks with the Chief Minister will be held at No 6 Convent Place, the headquarters of the Government of Gibraltar.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:
The UK’s support for Gibraltar and the Gibraltarian people is firm and unconditional.
I look forward to holding strategic talks with the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister on the territory’s thriving economy, defence and security issues, and the upcoming EU referendum.
Access to the EU Single Market and the ability of EU workers to cross the Gibraltar border every day are a significant part of the territory’s success story, so the EU referendum vote on 23 June will be as vital for Gibraltar as it is for the whole of the UK.
It is reassuring to see a large Royal Navy vessel moored in Gibraltar and it will be a pleasure to meet some of the UK servicemen and women who work tirelessly to safeguard the territory’s sovereignty.