By John Smith •
Published: 25 Sep 2017 • 17:05
Ministers Garcia, Walker and Picardo after the meeting
THE fourth meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council between the Gibraltar and United Kingdom
Governments took place this morning (Monday) at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall.
The Gibraltar delegation was led by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and included the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who is responsible for work related to Gibraltar’s departure from the European Union and other officials.
The meeting was chaired by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the EU Robin Walker MP and included Economic Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay MP together with officials from all of the relevant British government departments.
Both groups reviewed the positive progress that has been achieved by the working groups over the summer months on on-line gaming and financial services followed by an agreement to establish new groups on the border, the environment, trade and investment and transport.
Robin Walker, Minister for Exiting the European Union, said: “I am pleased we had the opportunity to meet today and discuss how Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and his team are preparing for the UK’s departure from the EU.
“We talked about the negotiations and the importance the UK places on its engagement with Gibraltar and our commitment to making sure we secure a deal that works for both the EU and the UK.
“As the Prime Minister has said, it is in all our interests for the negotiations to succeed, therefore, we need to work smoothly and sensibly to achieve this.”
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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