LONDON (Reuters) – Gibraltar can select parts of any Brexit deal Britain agrees with the European Union and keep away from these it considers detrimental, the chief minister of the British territory mentioned.
Fabian Picardo informed the British newspaper The Independent that Gibraltar’s structure allowed it to determine which components of any settlement with the European Union it will maintain.
“We will be able to determine whether aspects of what is agreed will be implemented in Gibraltar or not,” Picardo mentioned. “It is clear that we do have a Brexit veto for Gibraltar, in Gibraltar.”
No one from Britain’s Brexit division was instantly out there for remark.
In a speech in Brussels, Gibraltar’s deputy chief minister, Joseph Garcia, mentioned that the territory shouldn’t be a “whipping boy” made to endure the implications of Brexit and that Spain would possibly stop present circumstances making use of in a transition interval after Brexit.
He talked at size about the necessity to protect motion of individuals throughout the border with Spain. Some 13,000 folks dwelling in Spain, together with eight,000 Spaniards, cross the border to work every day.
Garcia mentioned Spain had used the border as a political weapon, with intensive checks, and that the Commission had intervened to clean crossings. After Brexit, Garcia mentioned Gibraltar risked not being protected by EU legislation.
As Britain negotiates a brand new buying and selling cope with the EU, there are deep splits throughout the nation about what kind of settlement must be sought with the bloc.
An evaluation compiled by British officers that was leaked on Monday steered that Britain can be worse off underneath three Brexit situations thought of.
Gibraltar, which Spain ceded to Britain in 1713 however needs again, voted 96 % in favour of staying within the EU within the 2016 referendum. Picardo mentioned the enclave had autonomy in areas together with these referring to business and social care, that means it set totally different tariffs in some sectors.
The UK says it’s going to search a one-size-fits-all commerce settlement with the EU which shall be relevant to all components of the UK, regardless of regional variations.
Gibraltar’s stance displays different divisions inside the United Kingdom. The devolved government in Scotland additionally needs to retain membership of the EU’s single market and customs union and has tried to additional the opportunity of a differential deal.
Like Gibraltar, Scotland voted to maintain its EU membership whereas Britain as an entire voted to go away, straining relations between London and Edinburgh.
Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary,; extra reporting by Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels, modifying by Michael Holden, Larry King