EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: Thank you for your excellent chairmanship, Mr Evans. I thank all hon. Members from across the House for their support today on this important and crucially timed debate. I am grateful for the Minister’s summing up remarks, in which he reaffirmed the British Government’s commitment to the people of Gibraltar and their sovereignty and freedom, and to working towards the best...

EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: My hon. Friend is talking about the NATO context. Yes, Spain ought to be a friendly country and an ally. We are duty-bound and treaty-bound by article 5 to come to its defence. If it were attacked by an external enemy, or any enemy, we would potentially send our people into harm’s way to defend it.

EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: I take issue with my hon. Friend’s statement that Gibraltar does not have a voice here. There is an all-party group, and it has friends and allies in both Houses. I think he needs to clarify that saying it does not have a directly mandated representative is very different to saying it does not have a voice in this place.

EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: Absolutely. A lot of us have been fighting almost a rear guard action, initially in the days following the referendum, against all the negativity. There seemed to be a grey cloud over people who were on the wrong side of the debate, so far as the referendum went. We all know that optimism is a great driver of business and opportunity. We have a responsibility to re-emphasise and...

EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: I thank my hon. Friend for his customarily robust intervention, and of course he is absolutely right. As he says, it is astonishing that a NATO ally should do that. It costs the British taxpayer several thousand pounds extra every time there is an RAF flight to Gibraltar, because the RAF does not have overfly rights with Spain, so its planes have to take a slightly longer route. It is also...

EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of the EU referendum on Gibraltar. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I declare an interest: I am the chairman of the all-party group on Gibraltar. I have visited Gibraltar several times, funded by the Gibraltar Government, and I hope to visit again in September for Gibraltar’s national day. I also...

EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: I was on my last sentence, but please go ahead.

EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention and I would put it more strongly than that. “Ironic” is too polite a word; the fact that Spain harasses Gibraltar and constantly seeks to undermine its status when, as he says, it has overseas enclaves of its own is tantamount to hypocrisy. Gibraltar is the only British overseas territory that has a land border with mainland Europe....

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Crime (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: In respect of paramilitary groups who are engaged in cross-border organised crime as well, what steps is my right hon. Friend taking to identify and deal with these individuals specifically?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: I, too, pay tribute to my right hon. Friend for all the hard work that he has done leading this great country for the past few years.


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EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: Thank you for your excellent chairmanship, Mr Evans. I thank all hon. Members from across the House for their support today on this important and crucially timed debate. I am grateful for the Minister’s summing up remarks, in which he reaffirmed the British Government’s commitment to the people of Gibraltar and their sovereignty and freedom, and to working towards the best...

EU Referendum: Gibraltar — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)
Jack Lopresti: My hon. Friend is talking about the NATO context. Yes, Spain ought to be a friendly country and an ally. We are duty-bound and treaty-bound by article 5 to come to its defence. If it were attacked by an external enemy, or any enemy, we would potentially send our people into harm’s way to defend it.