UK Home Office team visits Gibraltar to discuss contingency plans

The chief minister met the Home Office team on Wednesday.
The chief minister met the Home Office team on Wednesday. / SUR
  • The EU Commission is preparing its negotiating mandate for an agreement over both sides' future relationship

A delegation from the UK's Home Office Border Force has been visiting Gibraltar this week as part of contingency preparations between the UK and Gibraltar governments in case it turns out that no agreement is possible regarding Gibraltar's future relationship with the EU.

The team met chief minister Fabian Picardo on Wednesday, with deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, attorney general Michael Llamas and other Gibraltar officials also present. In a statement, the Gibraltar government said it "continues to engage constructively with the UK and Spain, continuously and at different levels, while the EU Commission prepares its negotiating mandate and looks forward to the start of negotiations".

However, this meeting is also a reminder that an agreement, which it is hoped would include the much-vaunted Schengen access for Gibraltar, is by no means guaranteed. The government is taking the same approach as it did before Brexit: working to obtain the best outcome, while at the same time preparing for the worst.