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.
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.