Spain and Gibraltar strike agreements for Brexit transition period

THE Spanish government and authorities in Gibraltar have made a series of agreements which cover arrangements during the transition period following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
The Spanish government and authorities in the British enclave off Southern Spain have both confirmed deals had been reached.
They are separate from arrangements covering Gibraltar in the draft Brexit agreement struck between Britain and the EU. It comes as Spain’s Prime Minister threatened to veto the Brexit deal over agreed arrangements for Gibraltar.
Fabian Picardo, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, said on Twitter he and his deputy Dr Joseph Garcia returned from Madrid today (Wednesday) following talks with Spanish officials.
Gibraltar authorities said in a statement the deals consisted of four Memoranda of Understanding and a Tax Agreement.
The agreements are now set to be checked legally while clarifications are made during the next two to three days, the statement added.
“The Chief Minister has convened an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet for tomorrow morning to brief Ministers on the latest developments,” the statement said.
The details of the agreements are due to be checked against the draft Brexit deal struck between Britain and the EU.
That agreement is currently in down due to Pedro Sanchez’s threat to veto the deal if arrangements for Gibraltar do not change.
It is unclear if the deals reached today change Sanchez’s position. Spain and Britain are set to hammer out a long term deal on the future of the British enclave after Brexit in March next year.
Spain has longstanding claims to the enclave which was ceded to Britain in the 18th Century.

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