With the United Kingdom and Gibraltar preparing to leave the European Union on 31 January, technical talks have been scheduled in Madrid on the 14th and 15th between officials from Gibraltar, the UK and Spain.
These preparatory talks will be with regard to implementing the Gibraltar Protocol which forms part of the Withdrawal Agreement and was drawn up by the Gibraltar government with the UK and Spain, and the four Memoranda of Understanding which flow from it. A number of Committees involving the EU, the UK, Gibraltar and Spain will come into being as a result of the MoUs and will run for the lifetime of the transition period, which is until 31 December 2020.
As Gibraltar is Britain's only Overseas Territory with an EU border, there are unique issues arising as a result of Brexit and all the governments involved are keen to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.
Contrary to reports carried in some of the media in recent days, the meetings in Madrid will not be bilateral between UK and Spain and the sovereignty of Gibraltar is not on the table for discussion.