Meeting of Gibraltar Brexit Select Committee

The Brexit Select Committee of the Gibraltar Parliament met in formal session yesterday morning in the Parliament Chamber. The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, who had convened the meeting last week, opened the session and explained the background. 

The purpose of the meeting was for the Members to receive a power-point presentation on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by the Attorney General Michael Llamas, Senior Law Draftsman Paul Peralta and members of the legal drafting team.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was first published as a Command Paper on 27 November 2018 and it was then published as a Bill on 20 December 2018.

The Government was also represented by the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, the Minister for Education and the Environment Professor John Cortes, the Minister for Commerce Albert Isola and the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Balban.

The Opposition were represented by Daniel Feetham and Trevor Hammond from the GSD Opposition, as well as Marlene Hassan Nahon from the Together Gibraltar Opposition.

The Government, which has a majority on the Committee, agreed that other GSD MPs who are not Members of the Committee could be present for the briefing. Both the Leader of the Opposition Elliott Philips and Roy Clinton availed themselves of the opportunity to be briefed at first hand.

The Members of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union have now met in formal and informal session nearly twenty times. In the main these have consisted of detailed briefings on the on-going negotiations to leave the European Union. This was the first time that the Committee has met for a briefing on a public document.