By John Smith • 28 June 2021 • 18:14
The meeting took place today, June 28
Credit: Gibraltar Government
MUCH as they hope this will not be the case, Gibraltar and the UK continue to plan for no border agreement with Spain.
This morning (June 28) the UK-Gibraltar Readiness NNO Board met in Gibraltar for the first time.
The role of the Board is to coordinate preparations between the UK and Gibraltar Governments in the event of a Non Negotiated Outcome over the border with Spain and other Brexit matters.
The UK Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas Wendy Morton MP opened the online meeting which was chaired jointly with UK by the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia.
A team of officials from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, who are in Gibraltar on a familiarisation visit, participated together with officials from other UK departments who joined the meeting virtually.
On the Gibraltar side, the Board included the Civil Contingencies Coordinator, the CEO of the Department of the Environment, the Parliamentary Counsel, the Director of Gibraltar House in Brussels, the Commissioner of Police, the Collector of Customs, the CEO of the Borders and Coastguards Agency, the Captain of the Port as well as the Principal Secretary and PA of the Office of the Deputy Chief Minister.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that it was sensible and prudent, as had happened since 2016, to make plans for no agreement, even though the Government remained fully committed to an agreement on the future relationship of Gibraltar with the European Union.
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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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