Gibraltar DEFIANT: Brexit will be a success and we will NEVER stop being British | UK | News

Fabian Picardo, 45, also pledged to residents they would not become the “victims of Brexit,” in a rousing interview.

He added Gibraltar will “energetically and enthusiastically” work to deliver a successful Brexit,

Mr Picardo said Gibraltar had made its position clear as to what it needed from the Brexit negotiations and had received assurances from the UK Government that its interests would be looked after.

He said: “We were all in favour of remaining in the EU, 96 per cent of us voted to remain, but it’s our obligation to energetically and enthusiastically now pursue the result of the referendum and deliver a successful Brexit.

“We’re not going to get in the way of Brexit, but we’re not going to be the victims of Brexit, that’s for sure.”

He continued: “There’s not going to be any new arrangements in relation to the sovereignty of Gibraltar.

“That is going to remain 100% British.

“Because if we have to respect the result of the Brexit referendum, we must also respect the result of the referenda in Gibraltar, in 1967, 50 years ago, when we chose to remain entirely British. 

“And 15 years ago, the second referendum, which was on joint sovereignty, where the people of Gibraltar said ‘thank you but no thank you’, 99 per cent of us want to continue staying entirely British.”

He added: “We can have the War of the Summer, the War of the Autumn or the War of the Winter if you like on that, Gibraltar is not going to change its position.”

Mr Picardo said Brexit Secretary David Davis had given him “cast-iron assurances” that Gibraltar will not be excluded to secure a better post-Brexit trade deal.

Asked if he was worried the British Government could “effectively sell you down the river” in pursuit of a better Brexit trade agreement, Mr Picardo told Sky News: “We’ve seen it before.

“We saw it in 1987 in relation to the exclusion of Gibraltar’s airport from the Open Skies agreements that were done in those days, air liberalisation as it was known.

“But I’ve had cast-iron assurances from David Davis, the secretary of state, I’ve no reason to doubt, he told me about not doing a trade deal if it didn’t include Gibraltar – if it was relevant to Gibraltar – will be the case going forward.

“This is a fluid moment, it’s a moment of aspiration when we try and do the best possible deal for the whole of the United Kingdom, including Gibraltar, and success will mean Gibraltar is included in those trade…

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