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Gibraltar chief warns Britain against disappointing 'the Rock'

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 01:19

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo says the British people would not support a prime minister who lets down Gibraltar in its Brexit negotiations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION The British people will harshly judge any prime minister who lets down Gibraltar at the last moment in Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union, the chief minister of "the Rock" told Reuters. Gibraltar voters "chose to remain (in the EU) and should not become the first or last victim of Brexit," Chief Minister Fabian Picardo warned in an interview. But he expressed confidence that whoever emerges as prime minister after Britain's general election on June 8 understands this: "We will not be let down at five minutes to midnight." Gibraltar, a tiny British enclave on Spain's southern tip dubbed "the Rock" because of its famous cliff-faced mountain, is set to be a major point of contention in the exit talks, along with other thorny issues such as trade and citizens' rights. Residents of the territory voted overwhelmingly to remain part of the EU in last year's Brexit referendum. Gibraltar wants London to negotiate a "special status" with the EU for it after the British exit

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Gibraltar chief warns Britain against disappointing 'the Rock'

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 01:19