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UK strengthens ‘special partnership’ with Gibraltar with post-Brexit funding

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The funds will help Gibraltarian projects of up to half a million pounds. The aim of the program is to support Gibraltar’s transition now it will not longer by eligible for EU structural funds following Brexit.

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “I was notified directly by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick MP that this funding would be made available for Gibraltar.

“He told me that this is a small way of strengthening the special partnerships that exist between Gibraltar and the United Kingdom and I could not agree more.

“Our departure from the EU has meant that the popular funding streams for employment and business have come to an end and this will go some way towards replacing it.

“I have already written to Mr Jenrick to thank him for the inclusion of Gibraltar.

UK Government to fund Gibraltar after Brexit

UK Government to fund Gibraltar after Brexit (Image: Getty)

Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo qGibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo (Image: Getty)

“I am also very grateful to Charles Collinson [Director of the European Programs] and his team for the hard work that they have put into all this.”

Before the UK’s departure of the EU, the Rock received most of the structural funds through the European Social Fund, the Regional Development Fund and others.

But these programs have since ended following Britain’s departure from the bloc last year.

No 6 Convent Place – the location of the Government of Gibraltar – issued a statement confirming the UK will take a different approach with Gibraltar compared to the UK.

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Gibraltar remains a British overseas territory

Gibraltar remains a British overseas territory (Image: Getty)

They said: “This latest investment is intended to support Gibraltar’s transition away from EU Structural funds and will provide funding for projects which harness the skills of local people, unleash enterprise and innovation, empower communities and places, and support people into employment.

“The UK has made clear that it will take a different approach to deliver the UK Community Renewal Fund in Gibraltar compared to the approach in the UK, reflecting the different constitutional relationship between the Government of Gibraltar and the UK Government.”

The Government’s Renewal Fund will now subsidise projects in Gibraltar that harness the capacities of the local population, foster entrepreneurship and innovation, support, communities and unemployed people.

However, the approach will be different in Gibraltar from those projects undertaken in the UK.

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Gibraltar key facts

Gibraltar key facts (Image: Express)

Gibraltar’s executive will collaborate directly with the British Government.

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory but is also the subject of a territorial claim by Spain.

It was a subject of contention during the divorce talks where the Spanish government was accused of using Brexit to snatch back the territory.

It was captured in 1704 and by 1713 the Spanish Crown formally ceded the territory to the British Crown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

Spain attempted to recapture the territory twice.

It was a subject of contention during the divorce talks where the Spanish government was accused of using Brexit to snatch back the territory.

During the 2016 Brexit referendum, Gibraltar asserted its right to have its vote counted alongside the rest of the UK.

Gibraltarians voted 95.9 percent to remain part of the European Union.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (Image: Getty)

Back in January, Spanish minister Arancha Gonzalez-Laya claimed Spain will be the “ultimate responsible and guarantor” for the application of Gibraltar within the Schengen area.

But Mr Picardo hit back at these claims arguing he will never allow EU border guards.

He said: “I will never bring a law to Parliament that allows it.

“In fact, whatever the agreement or the treaty provides, no Frontex official will be able to operate in Gibraltar without the authorisation granted by an act of Parliament in Gibraltar.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega



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