On 25 November, the European Union and Spain presented a proposal to Great Britain that would mean the border between Gibraltar and Spain would be partially lifted. However, with a certain control by Spanish Customs and Frontex.
The goal is to create an area of shared prosperity and create a new legal framework that lays the foundation for a stable relationship between the two parties.
According to Spanish media, Madrid and London hope to reach an agreement on Gibraltar “as soon as possible.” The Foreign Ministers of Britain and Spain, James Cleverly and Jose Manuel Albarez, respectively, met in Madrid yesterday and described the situation as positive regarding reaching an agreement.
Three years after Brexit, Madrid and London hope to put an end to the dispute over Gibraltar that keeps people on both sides of the border in a state of suspense. This is especially true for the thousands of Spanish workers who cross the border every day – an estimated 13,000 according to the Spanish government.
He described Wednesday’s meeting at the Viana Palace in Madrid as cordial and showing great commitment to reaching an agreement as soon as possible.
The most sensitive matter is the issue of the police forces that Spain intends to deploy in customs control. Albares stressed that Britain “will respect” the deployment of Frontex – the European border and coast guard agency – alongside the Spanish police. This was not opposed by his British counterpart, but he did not comment on it either.
Under a previous agreement between Madrid and London dated 31 December 2020, Spain, as a member of the Schengen Area, will be responsible and control the port and airport of Gibraltar with the support of Frontex during a four-year transition period.
margin. Frontex is officially the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, a European border and coast guard agency within the European Union.
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