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Third round of Gibraltar talks in Brussels between the UK and the EU

The current set of negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the future relationship of Gibraltar with the EU opened on Thursday 2 December

NEVE MATTHEWS GIBRALTAR.

Further discussions concerning the status of Gibraltar following the UK's departure from the EU got under way on Thursday and will be held over two days.

The format is expected to be the same as previous rounds and involve officials from all sides, including the Attorney General Michael Llamas supported by the Director of Gibraltar House in Brussels Daniel D'Amato.

The Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia arrived in Brussels on Wednesday and were scheduled to remain there until the end of the week for a series of separate discussions parallel to the main negotiations.

Though Gibraltar is not part of the UK, contrary to all other British Overseas Territories it was a part of the European Union as the UK was.

It participated in the Brexit referendum and it ceased, by default, to be a part of the EU upon the UK's withdrawal.

Gibraltar's status during the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union raised unique challenges.

Gibraltar strongly opted to stay in the European Union in the Brexit referendum, and its unique situation has complicated Brexit negotiations due to Spain's claim on the territory.

In a press release, Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar said that it "remains fully committed to working positively and constructively for a final treaty based outcome which is safe and secure for Gibraltar and reflects the political framework already agreed with Spain, together with the United Kingdom, on 31 December 2020."