The University hosted over 90 attendees on campus today for the last lecture in the current series of the Gibraltar History Lectures.
Gibraltar’s Deputy Chief Minister, the Hon. Dr. Joseph Garcia MP delivered a highly factual and topical lecture titled: ‘Gibraltar and the European Union – IN and OUT’, which covered what has at times been a ‘tormented’ relationship with the European Union.
Starting with a brief history into the formation of the then ECC Dr Garcia shed light on some of the political and legal changes at EU-level that have directly affected Gibraltar and our neighbouring communities. He detailed our current ‘unique status’ within the Union and while he listed many of the benefits that came with being an EU member, he also talked about how Spain has used the framework to advance its territorial claim against Gibraltar.
Looking to next year’s ‘Brexit’ in March 2019, Dr Garcia acknowledged the great uncertainty surrounding how events could unfold, but also pointed towards a stronger relationship with the UK emerging. He mentioned the Government of Gibraltar’s plan for EU Succession regulation and its commitment to securing a stable future for the Rock.
The Gibraltar History Lecture series returns in October