Gibraltar Welcomes Draft Brexit Transitional Agreement
by Amanda Banks, Lowtax.net, London
26 March, 2018
Gibraltar has welcomed its inclusion in a draft transitional agreement governing the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the EU, which was published last week.
Under the transitional agreement, the relationship between the EU and UK, and by extension Gibraltar's relationship with the EU, will remain essentially unchanged until 2020, allowing further time for the UK's orderly exit from the EU.
Gibraltar has also welcomed the specific and explicit statement by the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, confirming the transitional agreement includes Gibraltar.
Although Gibraltar has been specifically included in the draft text of the transitional agreement, EU Council negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU continues to support Spain's right to exercise its veto over Gibraltar's participation.
Gibraltar says it deeply regrets the EU position, noting that 96 percent of Gibraltarians voted to remain within the EU, and that many EU nationals live and work in Gibraltar and are relying on the EU to give them consistency, security, and clarity going forward.
Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said that the draft text is welcome, and said his government continues to be of the view that Brexit presents the opportunity to progress cooperation with the EU in the future and with Spain in particular.
Having said that, Picardo was explicit again in clarifying that noone should expect Gibraltar would allow its redlines of sovereignty, jurisdiction, or control to be crossed.
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