LIVE: Gibraltar debate: Rock chief faces Commons grilling TODAY – outrage over EU deal erupts.
As tensions over the Brexit deal rise, Gibraltar’s first minister is expected to be grilled in the Commons today.
Fabian Picardo, the first minister of Gibraltar, will testify before the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Commons today about the Brexit deal, which the UK believes is being violated.
Since the UK officially left the EU last December, the Rock has been a source of contention, with a deal struck at the eleventh hour between Britain and Spain.
The European Commission sparked outrage in July when it released draft guidelines that differed from the original UK-Spain agreement.
If the EU changes are implemented, Spanish border authorities will be stationed in Gibraltar instead of Frontex, which the UK opposes.
According to first minister Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s future is British regardless of the outcome of ongoing post-Brexit negotiations.
“No Gibraltarian would ever negotiate any arrangements that would surrender British sovereignty, jurisdiction, or control over Gibraltar while I am Chief Minister of Gibraltar, or indeed, as far as I can see, while any of my compatriots might have the privilege and honour of holding this post,” he said.
“I don’t have a crystal ball, but I can tell you that Gibraltar’s future – if it’s one thing, it’s three things – is British, British, British.”
“And no one should be confused about that.”
According to Gibraltar’s first minister, Fabian Picardo, the presence of Spanish law enforcement agents on their territory will never be tolerated.
Mr Picardo has used his time testifying before the European Scrutiny Committee in the House of Commons to reiterate his claim that they will never allow Spanish law enforcement to operate on their territory.
Gibraltar previously stated that the EU’s proposal to station Spanish officers on its territory “goes beyond the delicate balance reached in the New Year’s Eve Agreement on very sensitive issues, and it is unacceptable for the Government as a basis for negotiation.”
Fabian Picardo, the first minister of Gibraltar, has stated that the relationship between his country and Spain is marked by “reciprocity.”
Despite the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, which also saw Gibraltar leave the bloc, Spain and Gibraltar continue to accept identity cards at the border rather than requiring a full passport.
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