Nueva round of talks enter here The European Commission why United Kingdom After the Treaty of Gibraltar Brexit, According to the go-ahead from Rock officials this Tuesday, what will be the eleventh official meeting between all parties will have a Gibraltarian presence on the table.
Chief Minister of Gibraltar, fabian picardo, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Josep Garcia, are in Madrid to continue talks on Gibraltar’s future relationship with the European Union and Spain. Attorney General Michael Lamas accompanies the embassy to Rock.
The flames, as declared by the Gibraltarian government, Will travel from Madrid to London to participate in the next formal round between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Picardo and Garcia will join the meeting virtually. “The government remains fully committed to achieving a positive, safe and secure treaty for Gibraltar and is very optimistic about the consensus reached to achieve such a treaty,” Llanito said in the statement.
EC and United Kingdom double attempt to successfully close on the near horizon Brexit On the two borders that have been stumbling blocks so far: Gibraltar and Ireland. about rock, will take place eleventh round of talks On Gibraltar, in principle, with a pronounced climate due to the agreement on Ireland. Some members of the negotiating teams (particularly the British) also participate in both processes.
The last meeting on the treaty took place on 14 December when Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, jose manuel albarsReceived the British Foreign Secretary in Madrid, james finesse,
Albars then said that what is on the table is a “global agreement” and that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” before acknowledging that Brexit “Everything has exceeded the expected time.” “Diplomacy and negotiation, especially one as complex as this, requires peace, sanity And let the negotiating teams do the work because in the end, both James Cleverly and I will come to present the deal when everything is closed”, he insisted.
What are the keys to the absence of an agreement between the EC and the United Kingdom on Gibraltar?
1. Pension for Spanish workers
One of those stumbling blocks is Gibraltar’s refusal to be equipped with a pension that spanish ex employee In the rock – and those who continue to work there today – along with Gibraltarians – will receive in the future. difference in the notion of known as community Care is currently around among retirees from Llanitos and Spaniards (plus those of other nationalities) £400 a month (around 460 Euro), according to advice from sources. However, it is unknown how many people receive that pension today as it is data that is jealously managed and protected by Rock’s executive.
Now, according to the post-Brexit workforce census, some 12,000 Spaniards and 3,000 people from other countries who, in due time, will collect community Care, Yes, with a difference of the same 400 pounds and those that preceded them, the gates were re-opened from 1982 onwards.
2.- Transfer environmental law
Environment is another reason for disagreement. The British negotiators, whose delegation included Gibraltarian representation, refused to accept a direct and more or less strict conversion of the European rules to the Law of the Rock. in cases of inserted For example, Gibraltar discharges a large portion of its wastewater into the sea without purification through submarine outfalls and bunkering Ships are refueled in the Bay of Algeciras by Gibraltarian companies with standards different from those of the European Union.
3.- Tax reconciliation: VAT and special taxes
There is also no agreement on Gibraltar’s tax harmonization with the European Union, an aspect covered in the 2020 New Year’s Eve agreement between Spain and the United Kingdom. El Peñon’s government, according to information gathered by this newsroom, categorically rejects equality. VAT and Excise (on alcoholic beverages, tobacco, hydrocarbons, gambling…) who control the tax figures of the colony in Spain, since it is not surprising that a large part of the latter’s income is derived from precisely one. less taxation It attracts thousands of companies.
related to TobaccoWhile it is true that a memorandum regarding minimum prices of pax was put in the neighborhood to discourage smugglers, the fact is that Penon they keep dating illegally everyday and thousands of cigarettes without penalty that find alternative marketing channels to the official marketing channels.
4. Port and Airport Control
The fourth reason for the discrepancy is the one that has by far had the most relevance, at least on a public level: port and airport police controls. For the EU, if the fence disappears, the EU’s external borders will be at both points and responsibility for their vigilance With the temporary support of – as the nearest state corresponds to the Spanish police and customs authorities Frontex, the European Border Agency; For Picardo’s executive, these terms cannot be waived and include a point of honor: “This is our land”, the chief minister declares under the premise that “No Spanish agent shall control at the airport or at the port of Gibraltar of any kind”.
5.- Military question
The last stone on the road has to do with access to the Gibraltarian airport and port, two military installations which, in the opinion of many Gibraltar’s raison d’être Since its capture by the Anglo-Dutch fleet in 1704. With an open border, the European Union, in this case, wants to establish an information system that allows to know which ships and aircraft arrive at the Rock and for what purpose they stop. Election Commission, runs again round bales In this case, the Navy And this Royal Air Force,