SPAIN’S Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says the status of Gibraltar after Brexit has “been resolved” and will be no barrier for the UK’s plans to leave the EU.
Speaking after an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels he said: “Gibraltar will no longer be a problem in arriving at a Brexit deal.”
Despite suggestions that there might be an extension to the deadline, as it stands Gibraltar will leave the EU at the same time as the UK on March 29 next year.
There had been worries that Spain could veto any deal between the UK and the EU over Brexit due to the Gibraltar issue, but such concerns have gradually receded since the more hawkish right wing government of Mariano Rajoy was replaced by the leftist PSOE party.
While Sanchez said the issue would not stand in the way of a Brexit deal, he said that bi-lateral talks on the British Overseas Territory were continuing, particularly with regards to worker’s movements across the border, tax and environmental matters.
Recently mayors of towns in the Spanish Campo de Gibraltar area have complained that the national government was not doing anything to safeguard the rights and livelihoods of locals.
Many Spanish cross the border daily to work, with Gibraltar a major part of the local economy.