In a statement issued today the PDP says it notes that Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that at the 2015 British General Election, the Conservative Party will seek a mandate to renegotiate Britain’s terms of membership of the EU and put that to the British people in a referendum on the basis that there will be a choice to remain within the EU on those terms or leave the EU altogether.
The PDP believes that Gibraltar should have the choice to remain within the EU whatever the outcome of the UK vote and whatever the package renegotiated by the UK. Indeed, in that renegotiation important issues for Gibraltar arise even if the UK remains a Member State of the EU. Clearly if the British people were to decide that the UK should leave the EU the complexity of negotiating an ability for Gibraltar to remain within the provisions of the EU Treaty are heightened. Even so with political goodwill it would be possible to design such a legal framework and cater for any of Gibraltar’s concerns in any renegotiation.
Given that there is ample time before such a process begins the PDP calls on the Gibraltar Government to raise this issue with the British Government and obtain assurances that inter-governmental talks will be set up to discuss the specific Gibraltar related issues were the Conservatives to be re-elected in 2015 with such a mandate.