Madrid Strikes Initial Deal With London on Gibraltar, Spanish FM Says

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya acknowledged on Monday that the United Kingdom and Spain should attain an settlement on the standing of Gibraltar’s border earlier than the top of the 12 months to keep away from a “hard Brexit” that might see the introduction of strict controls.

The Spanish international minister introduced on Thursday that Madrid and London had reached an preliminary settlement over Gibraltar’s post-Brexit standing.

According to Gonzalez, Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory positioned on the southern tip of Spain, will stay half of European Union agreements such because the Schengen space.

Commenting on the deal, the UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned that Britain remained in assist of Gibraltar’s sovereignty and is dedicated to mitigating the affect of Britain’s full exit from the EU.

The United Kingdom and the European Union got here to an settlement on the phrases of their future relationship on 24 December, which included a complete free-trade deal and a spread of different agreements regarding issues together with migration.

The standing of Gibraltar was not included within the Brexit deal.

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, signed off on the post-Brexit future partnership settlement that was supported by a vote of 521 to 73 within the House of Commons earlier that day.


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