BREAKING NEWS
This content is not available in your region

UK tells EU to think again over bloc's plan for Gibraltar talks

Access to the comments Comments
By Reuters
UK tells EU to think again over bloc's plan for Gibraltar talks
UK tells EU to think again over bloc's plan for Gibraltar talks   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021
Text size Aa Aa

LONDON – Britain told the European Union to “think again” after the bloc published a plan for post-Brexit negotiations over the future of Gibraltar that London said seeks to undermine British sovereignty over the territory.

The European Commission said the draft negotiating mandate would have a positive impact for people living and working on either side of the border between Spain and Gibraltar without undermining the EU’s single market.

But British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the plan conflicted with an agreement between London, Madrid and Gibraltar reached in December last year, just before Britain completed its exit from the EU.

“It seeks to undermine the UK’s sovereignty over Gibraltar, and cannot form a basis for negotiations,” Raab said in a statement.

“We have consistently showed pragmatism and flexibility in the search for arrangements that work for all sides, and we are disappointed that this has not been reciprocated. We urge the EU to think again.”

A British official said that one issue with the EU mandate was its provision that Spain should carry out border control and surveillance at Gibraltar’s port, airport and waters. Under the framework agreement of December, EU border agency Frontex would carry out this role, the official said.