Gibraltar hopes for ambitious EU relationship post-Brexit

Work continues on the post-Brexit situation in Gibraltar.
Work continues on the post-Brexit situation in Gibraltar. / SUR
  • The government insists it is preparing for all eventualities after the transition period, including no agreement between the UK and EU

Deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who holds the Brexit portfolio for the Gibraltar government, has chaired a meeting of the Brexit Strategic Group to discuss further the situation should the UK and EU fail to reach an agreement by the end of the transition period on 31 December.

In a press release issued after the meeting, Dr Garcia stressed that this does not mean that the Gibraltar government is not expecting an agreement to be reached, but it has a duty to prepare for different possible outcomes. Indeed, he said, "the Government is confident that a good economic partnership can be agreed that will greatly benefit Gibraltar in the context of our involuntary departure from the EU and that such a partnership can produce an area of shared prosperity for the whole of the region around Gibraltar also".

One particularly interesting fact among the information from the meeting is that work is ongoing regarding the possibility of an ambitious future relationship between Gibraltar and the European Union, including Spain.

The deputy CM said the first formal round of discussions between Gibraltar, the UK and Spain took place in Malaga on 9 June in a positive and constructive atmosphere, and chief minister Fabian Picardo subsequently met the Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya in Algeciras on 23 July during her Brexit-related visit to the Campo area.

Nothing about Brexit is certain, but in Gibraltar the work goes on.