UK LibDem leader urges MP for Gibraltar and its Brit expats

Published:  9 Aug at 6 PM
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As a result of the June Brexit referendum, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is urging the Rock to press for its own MP in the British parliament.

In addition to his suggestion for Gibraltar, Farron is urging the Boundary Commission and the government to instigate new constituencies for British expats resident in EU member states. His point is that British citizens are living and working all across Europe and should not by forced to wait years until the complicated and complex Brexit negotiations determine their fates.

According to Farron, Gibraltar and its British expat community desperately need strong representation in Parliament as they may well feel the full force of changes in trade rules, access to business and border controls. He adds that expats in Spain and other EU countries will be subject to dramatic changes in their lifestyles, and fully deserve a voice in the British parliament.

Meanwhile, Brits living and working in Brussels have been left in limbo as the EU mechanism is now shut down for the duration of the summer. British civil servants in the Belgian capital are still attempting to get to grips with the new-style Whitehall reorganised after the referendum vote.

A number have been transferred to the Department of Exiting the EU (DExEU) from their former positions as Foreign Office representatives responsible for preparing for Britain’s now cancelled six-month period as President of the European Council. Much of the work carried out before the Brexit vote has now become a depressing waste of time.
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