Tuesday 17 September 2019

Gibraltar’s leader says he has no concern over draft Brexit deal

Fabian Picardo said there had been no concessions on sovereignty, jurisdiction or control.

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as it makes its way to Gibraltar (Dave Jenkins/PA)
The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as it makes its way to Gibraltar (Dave Jenkins/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Authorities in Gibraltar are welcoming the draft Brexit deal between Britain and the European Union, saying it makes no concessions to Spain’s claims on the tiny outcrop at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula.

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, said in a statement that the agreement “contains absolutely no concessions on sovereignty, jurisdiction or control”.

He adds that there are “no issues of bilateralism that can cause any concern”.

Voters in Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union in the UK’s Brexit referendum in June 2016.

Local people were worried that Brexit could force closure of the border with Spain, preventing some 10,000 workers crossing each day.

The draft Brexit agreement establishes a series of joint Spanish-British committees to consult and exchange information on issues such as workers’ rights, taxation and policing.

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