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Minister for Europe to visit Gibraltar

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Minister for Europe returns to Gibraltar to underline UK support for people of Gibraltar and assess impact of border delays.

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The Minister for Europe, David Lidington, will visit Gibraltar on Monday 30 June and Tuesday 1 July. The visit will enable the Minister to visit the Gibraltar-Spain border to witness first-hand the continuing delays at the crossing, to hold discussions with HM Government of Gibraltar, and to meet a wide range of the people of Gibraltar.

The Minister for Europe’s visit comes in advance of a return by the European Commission to review progress on improving congestion at the border. The Commission’s return visit follows concerted lobbying by the UK Government.

The Minister for Europe said:

I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit Gibraltar again. I look forward to observing some of the initiatives being undertaken by the Government of Gibraltar and to meeting a wide range of people on the rock, who together contribute to a vibrant and prosperous Gibraltar.

The Minister for Europe will meet the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister reflecting a strong relationship which has seen the UK Government and HM Government of Gibraltar working in lockstep to tackle Spanish pressure over the past year. The Minister will also take a tour on the waters with the Gibraltar Squadron to allow him to see the work of the Royal Navy upholding British sovereignty of Gibraltar’s waters.

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Published 27 June 2014