Gibraltar will be covered in Brexit negotiations

European Union
Donald Tusk and Article 50 letter

AS Gibraltar was not specifically mentioned in Mrs May’s letter triggering Article 50, especially as mention was given to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the only other non-Schengen land border, a government clarification has taken place.

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, the Leader of the House of Lords stated that the British Government is “very clear” that Gibraltar will “of course be covered” by the Brexit negotiation, and a similar undertaking was given in the House of Commons.

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Much coverage has appeared in the media, especially in Spain about Article 22 of the Donald Tusk response to Mrs May’s letter as it states “After the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom.”

Perhaps understandably, the European Union is siding with its member state Spain once the divorce takes place and whilst this position may be irritating to the people and government of Gibraltar, it is up to the UK to ensure that all matters of import concerning the Territory are properly negotiated before final exit.

In the meantime, the British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley is reported as having stated the importance of ensuring “fluid passage” at the frontier for the thousands of people who work in Gibraltar and enter from Spain.


  1. Gibraltar & its people’s sovereignty is not negotiable.

    If a policy is good between two EU nations, why does it become bad when a nation leaves the EU?

    The fact that policies of cooperation are good is the basis of the EU. Do they become bad when we leave? Absolutely not!

    For some unknown reason, the EU won’t let the UK “cherry pick” just the mutually beneficial areas of cooperation. It’s as if the UK is getting something and the EU is giving. However, co-operation and trade are mutually beneficial. That’s why they were good and still would be with the UK outside the EU.

    The EU’s bad policies will remain bad if we keep them. Stupid regulations are stupid, whichever parliament enacts them. The whole point of leaving is to keep the good and get rid of the bad. You should only cooperate on policies that are mutually beneficial – the most basic consideration of cooperation in the first place.

    Threatening someone with the withdrawal of mutually beneficial policies is the sort of behaviour you expected of a petulant toddler. The EU is threatening us with self-harm. The all or nothing attitude of the EU – in or out – is far worse than cherry picking. It’s dangerous and vindictive.


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