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Gibraltar Sets Out Brexit Priorities In EU Talks

by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
18 July, 2017

Lawmakers from Gibraltar and Chief Minister Fabian Picardo have met with the EU Deputy Chief Negotiator on Brexit, Sabine Weyand, to discuss the upcoming negotiations between the UK and EU.

Picardo pointed out that 96 percent of Gibraltarians had voted to remain in the EU, but that Gibraltar accepted the UK's decision to leave the EU. He said Gibraltar continued to comply with the rules of the EU and should not be discriminated against going forward.

Picardo explained the priorities for Gibraltar. He covered in some detail the importance of a frictionless land frontier between Gibraltar and Spain, making it clear this is in everybody's interests once Brexit had materialized.

There was a discussion on the effects of clause 24 of the EU Council negotiating guidelines, which effectively grants Spain an additional veto over the application of the EU/UK future relationship agreement to Gibraltar. It was confirmed by the EU that this does not relate to the withdrawal negotiations with the UK, but to the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

Commenting on the meeting, the Chief Minister said: "I am delighted that top members of the EU negotiating team made the time to meet with the Deputy Chief Minister, the Attorney-General, and myself. It was very good of them to see Gibraltar on the same day that they also met with Scotland and Wales. Clearly, there is one negotiation and this is led by the UK Government on behalf of all the countries and territories in the British family of nations. However, it has nonetheless been very useful to put to them our point of view directly so that this is understood by the top team on the EU side as well."

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