Gibraltar is self-governing with regards to defined domestic matters with its own elected government. It enacts laws independently of the United Kingdom and maintains an independent tax system. The United Kingdom is responsible for Gibraltar’s defence, foreign policy and internal security, and appoints the Governor who is representative of the Crown in Gibraltar.


Gibraltar’s sovereignty is assured by the Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006, in which Britain undertakes never to enter into arrangements which would place the people of Gibraltar under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes.