Rock must be treated with respect! As crucial Gibraltar discussions approach, the UK is ready to clash with the EU.

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Rock must be treated with respect! As crucial Gibraltar discussions approach, the UK is ready to clash with the EU.

CRUNCH discussions between the UK and the EU are set to start soon in the hopes of securing a post-Brexit arrangement on Gibraltar.

The UK’s Trade and Cooperation Agreement does not cover the British Overseas Territory, and further negotiations with the EU are expected to take place to agree on a post-Brexit deal.

The European Commission is set to publish its negotiating mandate next week, which will subsequently be approved by the Council, following multiple delays that were denounced by Madrid and London.

On December 31, 2017, Britain and Spain reached an agreement on a framework accord to establish Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU in advance of a treaty.

Border crossings and trade will be addressed in the final treaty, which will provide fluidity of movement for persons crossing the border between Spain and Gibraltar, as well as free circulation of commodities.

Around 10,000 Spaniards and Gibraltar residents cross the border every day for work, and the deal aims to eliminate the paperwork they must complete.

At a press conference this morning, Spain’s State Secretary for European Union Affairs, Juan Gonzalez-Barba, said that gaining a mandate in the spirit of the framework accord “hasn’t been easy.”

“It’s taken a long time because conveying the spirit of the New Year’s Eve accord to commission officials hasn’t been easy,” he continued.

“Because it will need the creation of an ad hoc regime in many ways.

“Some of the things we want to do have no precedent, and all of that takes time in any administrative organization, not just the European Commission, to persuade those in charge of the various services that what is sought is, first and foremost, in line with the community acquis, and second, is in the interests not just of Spain, the UK, and, of course, Gibraltar, but of the Euratom.

In addition, the Spanish Minister warned that all sides would have to “give something up” from their initial positions.

“A discussion will begin, and each party will have its own mission and a concept of what would be the landing zones where positions can meet at the end of it,” he said.

“At the end of the day, everyone has to win, and everyone has to give up something.

“As with any discussions, this is not an agreement in which opening positions would be kept 100 percent.”

The United Kingdom, on the other hand. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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