At the completion of the Brexit transition phase, Gibraltar’s border with Spain will remain open after Britain and the European Union have decided on a draft agreement.
Gibraltar’s position was not included in the Christmas Eve trade agreement negotiated by Boris Johnson, leading to questions about what will happen when the transition period expires at 11 p.m. On Thursday.
According to Spain’s Foreign Minister, Gibraltar, whose sovereignty is contested between Spain and Britain, would continue to be subject to free travel rules in the Schengen region.
The “agreement in principle” meant that the people of Gibraltar “can breathe a sigh of relief.” Arancha Gonzalez Laya declared.
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“I wholeheartedly welcome today’s political agreement between the United Kingdom and Spain on Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU,” Prime Minister Johnson said.
“The UK has always been committed to protecting Gibraltar’s interests and its British sovereignty and will continue to do so.”
I wholeheartedly accept today’s diplomatic agreement on the future relationship of Gibraltar with the EU between the United Kingdom and Spain. The United Kingdom has always worked and will continue to protect the interests of Gibraltar and its British sovereignty.
– 31 December 2020 – Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson)
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab added: “Today, together with the Gibraltar Chief Minister and after intensive discussions with the Spanish Government, we have agreed on a policy framework that will form the basis of a separate Gibraltar Treaty between the United Kingdom and the EU.”
I am thankful to @AranchaGlezLaya for the goodwill and hard work that helped us achieve today’s agreement on the potential partnership between Gibraltar and the EU.
My full https://t.co/vwQz6oeiV6 declaration
– 31 December 2020 – Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab)
This will now be submitted to the European Commission to begin talks on a formal treaty.
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“In the meantime, all sides are committed to mitigating the impact of the end of the transition period on Gibraltar, and in particular to ensuring a fluid border, which is clearly in the best interests of people living on both sides,” he said.
“In our respect for Gibraltar and its sovereignty, we remain steadfast. For their optimistic and constructive approach, I am grateful to Foreign Minister Laya and her team.
“We have a warm and strong relationship with Spain, and we look forward to building on it in 2021.”