‘Brexit has had no negative consequences.’ Despite the EU’s leaving, Gibraltar expects an increase in Spanish workers.
The Government of Gibraltar has stated that Brexit has had no detrimental impact on Spanish workers.
The Rock is at the center of a dispute between the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Spain, which seeks greater access and control over Gibraltar’s borders. Concerns about Spanish workers being unable to commute to the Rock have been denied by Rogelio Velasco, Councillor for Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge, and Universities.
Mr Velasco stated that the Gibraltar administration is “very closely” monitoring the amount of Spaniards working in Gibraltar.
Despite EU and Madrid’s concerns about labour shortages, the Councillor claims that the number of Spaniards coming to work in Gibraltar has increased since Brexit.
“Brexit has had no detrimental impact,” he continued, “and the number of Spaniards who cross the border every day to work in Gibraltar continues to climb modestly, with 9,545 persons crossing in August.”
Mr Velasco did add, though, that Brexit “has hurt Andalusia and Spain as a whole in the long run.”
Since Britain left the EU, he claimed, “the volume of trade, imports, and exports with the United Kingdom has deteriorated.”
“The UK is presently less rich than it was when Brexit happened, and it is importing less items from Spanish companies and the rest of Europe,” he continued.
“A second reason is that the British pound has depreciated against the euro by about 10% since Brexit until now, making importing things from the rest of the world more expensive in England, and as a result, less is exported,” Mr Velasco added.
It comes after Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, expressed optimism that the UK and EU can reach a post-Brexit agreement that will allow for “fluidity” on the Spanish border.
“I think (a new treaty) will allow us to enjoy the freedom of movement of people,” he continued.
“Not in terms of European Union freedom of movement, but in terms of people’s fluid access to Gibraltar through the Schengen Area, which begins in Spain.”
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister further stated that he is “quite sure” that an agreement would be achieved that “showcases the best of what Gibraltar’s EU membership represented” in a “new tailored arrangement.”
The Brexit accords that went into effect on January 1 do not include Gibraltar.
In December, the UK, Gibraltar, and Spain agreed that the EU’s border agency Frontex would have a role. “Brinkwire News Summary.”