By Ron Howells •
Published: 24 Oct 2021 • 10:07
Spain and Gibraltar border control talks have stalled.
Negotiations for Gibraltar between England and Spain are stalled and awaiting future advances that would solve existing discrepancies over border controls in the rock. The territory ceased to be part of the Union European after Brexit, automatically becoming ‘Schengen space’.
A solution – for Spain- would likely entail the presence of border forces from Europe, in this case from Spain, who would enter Gibraltarian territory to enforce control of the border of access to the EU, an issue that the British resist, despite reaching an initial agreement last year to lay the foundations for a new treaty between both parties.
However, Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabio Picardo, has said that “it is a non-negotiable red line,” as the Gibraltarian government considers the presence of officers from the Spanish security forces in its territory unacceptable and, specifically, with regard to the access of any facilities in the rock, such as the port and the airport.
The new Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, recently held a meeting with all the mayors of the Campo-Gibraltar region to tell them about the situation of the negotiations and to also send a message of tranquillity and optimism in order to achieve an agreement that is beneficial for all parties.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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