Brexit. UK salty over new EU-Gibraltar proposals to deal with Spain-Gibraltar border

Brexit. UK salty over new EU-Gibraltar proposals to deal with Spain-Gibraltar border

so the uk has got into another scrap with the eu regarding the status of gibraltar gibraltar which was left mainly to its own devices um during kind of the brexit negotiations and had to come with its own kind of agreements with um sort of the eu because the uk really abandoned it especially since gibraltar relies on freedom of movement as people that live within gibraltar also work in spain and people who work in spain also work in gibraltar so that was a major issue but yeah so the foreign secretary has accused the eu of seeking to undermine the uk sovereignty of gibraltar i’ll tell you what has undermined the uk sovereignty over gibraltar brexit there you go boom got him dominic rob said he was disappointed by the uk’s proposal for a post-brexit deal over the british overseas territory not much more disappointing than you dominic rob to be honest uh rob said a draft mandate from the european commission directly conflicts with the framework agreed by the uk gibraltar and spain last december so there is um obviously there are complaints mechanisms i think within the tca why don’t you use them then if there are issues eu leaders must sign off on the eu’s mandate before negotiations can begin uh gibraltar’s sovereignty is disputed by spain and britain the territory was not included in the trade agreement settled between the eu and the uk last year and a separate deal has to be agreed so i thought they had a separate agreement but um yeah okay fair enough has to be agreed now the eu was always neutral on gibraltar when we were a member because they didn’t want to cause you know conflict between two member states now that you can fully back spain in actions regarding gibraltar because you don’t care about us anymore dog and so yeah the you can undermine our authority over gibraltar considering that gibraltar does rely on things like freedom of movement which the uk got rid of he thought that british objections to the eu’s plans center on the nature of proposed new border arrangements in gibraltar last december september’s political deal the uk gibraltar and spain gave a prominent role to the eu’s border agency frontex but the commission’s mandate appears to have greater responsibility to spanish officials which they can do the eu is in the power position here the eu can play hardball and force concessions out of the uk because they know how reliant you know gibraltar is on freedom of movement they know how reliant the the uk is on the eu so the eu is in um can play hardball here if they so choose to positive impact so in a statement the foreign secretary said we have consistently showed pragmatism and flexibility in the search for arrangements that work for all sides and we are disappointed this has not been reciprocated as probably more projection from the government once again we urge the eu to think again the commission said they proposed um negotiating directives put forward solutions to remove physical checks and controls on persons and goods at the border between spain and gibraltar like i said you know they they they rely on freedom of movement between gibraltar and spain so you know if the uk doesn’t get a deal like that for gibraltar they’re the ones causing problems for an overseas territory is without prejudice of the to the issue of sovereignty that your restriction and focuses uh that focus on cooperation in the region the bloc added so this kind of just wishy-washy stuff from both sides here that you know the uk ah there they undermine this thing you like now we’re just doing what’s best for everyone but in reality the uk has given up a lot of control over gibraltar to the eu because of brexit because of the end of the free movement of goods and people that’s what’s happened here the mandate includes rules for establishing the responsibility for asylum visas and residence permits and police cooperation and information exchange those um sort of last two things being really important because if criminals do go from say spain to gibraltar without that kind of cooperation that then it’s going to be much more difficult to catch people so these things are important here the eu’s post-brexit negotiator sefkovic said its proposals seek to make a positive impact on those living either side of the border with spain while protecting the single market which is really important for the eu the eu are desperate to protect their single market by putting forward this draft mandate we are honoring the political commitment made to spain to start the negotiations of a separate agreement between the eu and the uk on gibraltar so spain are taking the lead because they’re the most impacted on this just like ireland took the lead regarding the northern ireland protocol it makes a lot of sense to take this approach but let’s not forget that the gibraltar is disputed territory between um the uk and gb which i guess you could argue northern ireland is also disputed territory between ireland and great britain depending on who you are so i guess you can draw parallels it so the article goes on to say this is a detailed mandate which aims to have a positive impact for those living and working on either side of the border between spain and gibraltar while protecting the integrity of the schengen area and the single market because you’ve got to think right if if you do allow say free movement between gibraltar and spain um those people can go into other eu countries so that’s that’s an issue in march the foreign secretary the chief minister of gibraltar fabian picado agreed a joint approach to the negotiations on a gibraltar tweet a treaty between the eu and the uk so you know dominic rob can get mad but the thing is right by ending the free movement of goods and people you know it wasn’t just you know gb that was impacted it was northern ireland that was impacted it was guernsey that was impacted it was jersey that was impacted but i guess more than that it was you know gibraltar that was impacted and the fundamental thing is that the uk is not in a good situation here because gibraltar relies a lot on spain in terms of free movement of goods and people so they’ve put the eu in a really strong negotiated position and they’re simply the case that you know i don’t know what happens here because if you allow the free movement of goods and people from gibraltar that kind of takes gibralta out of the sphere of the uk and we might end up with something similar to say the northern ireland protocol it might be called say the gibraltar protocol and if you get rid of the free movement of goods and people from gibraltar to the eu then you’ve caused massive problems for both people on both sides of the border but also the people that we’re supposed to really care about the people in gibraltar you’ve massively damaged their employment prospects especially if they work in spain so there is no good answer here because brexit has once again caused huge problems with regards to gibraltar but you know dominic rob can get mad but he should take a seat because he’s the one that helped cause this mess anyways i’m gonna leave it there let me know what you think in the comments below like comment share subscribe and hopefully i’ll see in the next one
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Brexit. UK salty over new EU-Gibraltar proposals to deal with Spain-Gibraltar border

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