The EU and UK will resume negotiations on Gibraltar on November 30

Gibraltar Prime Minister Fabian Picardo in a file photo. EFE / Roman Rios

Brussels, 25 November. community resources.
The first round of talks, held in October in the Belgian capital, served as the basis for the European Commission and the UK to present their initial negotiating positions, while the second round was held in London in early November.
Gibraltar was not included in the trade agreement between London and Brussels at the end of 2020, so a separate agreement is needed.
Spain and the United Kingdom have already reached a preliminary agreement on New Year’s Eve 2020, but a treaty that the European Commission and the British government can achieve is pending.
For this reason, in July the Community Executive Group submitted its proposal for negotiating guidance, which member states finally adopted in October.
After the European Commission’s proposal for a negotiated mandate on the Rock was published in the summer, Gibraltar expressed opposition because the document left control of its border at the port and airport in the hands of Spain and not the European Frontex agents, as stated. At the beginning of the agreement reached on December 31.
The community executive’s draft did not mention Frontex, but the statement Brussels made when it published its proposal in July specified that in circumstances requiring greater technical and operational support, any member state, including Spain, may request the assistance of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
The final version of the negotiating directives adopted by member states reiterates that Spain will take over border controls at the airport and port of Gibraltar, but also notes that that country has “expressed its intention to seek Frontex assistance” during the first four years in which the charter is in force.
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said on Wednesday that the European Commission’s demands for a post-Brexit deal on the rock on goods and customs regimes were “excessive” and “unnecessary”.
But in his appearance before the House of Commons European Audit Committee, Picardo was optimistic that a solution “that satisfies all parties” could be found.
Picardo sees it as possible to “reach an agreement” before the end of the year, although the prospects for a final legal text before the end of December have receded.
In addition to next week’s round of negotiations, another round is scheduled to take place in London in December.

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