Brexit agreement on mobility is the best way to protect citizens and businesses, Gibraltar minister says

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  • Dr Joseph Garcia, who holds Gibraltar's Brexit portfolio, said all sides want shared prosperity and cross-border mobility from next year at a meeting of the Regions-United Kingdom Contact Group

Deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia told the EU Committee of the Regions-United Kingdom Contact Group, during a virtual meeting this week, that an agreement on mobility between Gibraltar and Spain is important in order to best protect citizens and businesses from the impact of Brexit.

Dr Garcia explained that Gibraltar is engaged in constructive discussions with the UK and Spanish governments about the future relationship with the European Union, and that, from a regional perspective, there is already good cooperation and a close economic relationship between Gibraltar and the nearby area of Spain.

He said fluid cross-border mobility is important to people both sides of the border, the more than 14,000 workers who cross from Spain into Gibraltar every day and the millions of tourists who visit every year. He pointed out that Gibraltar has a positive economic influence on the nearby area of Spain as its residents spend some 80 million euros a year there. Gibraltar also imports around 1.5 billion euros of goods and materials from Spain a year.

Dr Garcia said the shared objective of all sides is to increase that prosperity further still by concluding an agreement on the future relationship.

"Our message is that we wish to continue to engage with the institutions of the European Union, like the Committee of the Regions-United Kingdom Contact Group, and would be delighted to work together on matters of common interest going forward," he said.