Happy National Day, Gibraltar!
I am delighted to be in Gibraltar today in my role as Minister of State at the Foreign Office. I was visiting to meet with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and to introduce the Prime Minister's message at this day of celebration on the rock.
I joined in the celebrations, reminding people of the United Kingdom's commitment to Gibraltar as a valued part of the family is absolute and will remain so through Brexit and beyond.
We reflected on the significance of this year - over 300 years of shared history together and I confirmed that we will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their wishes.
Today the Foreign Office buildings in London are also flying the Gibraltar flag as part of the celebrations.
You can read all the Foreign Office news about Gibraltar online at https://www.gov.uk/world/gibraltar/news