Government of Gibraltar Press Release No: 224/2002 Date: 22 November 2002 Eurovote for Gibraltar The Government has examined the European Parliament (Representation) Bill published today by the British Government, upon the text of which the Gibraltar Government has not been consulted. Whilst the Government welcomes the initiation of the parliamentary process for legislation to enfranchise Gibraltar for the next European Parliament Elections, some of the Bill's contents do not reflect the views of the Gibraltar Government, nor the discussions that are taking place between HMG and GOG on these issues. The Gibraltar Government accepts that as Gibraltar is being added to a UK Regional constituency, the electoral laws, regulations and procedures needs to be uniform throughout that constituency, including Gibraltar. However, the Gibraltar Government believes that some of the content of the UK Bill should more appropriately, from a constitutional point of view, be a matter for legislation in Gibraltar. HMG has offered to continue discussions with GOG on these issues with a view to possible amendments to the Bill during its passage through Parliament. The Government welcomes the fact that the territory of Gibraltar will be included in the territorial definition of the Constituency so that both the territory and the people of Gibraltar will be enfranchised. This was a fundamentally important point.