LONDON (Reuters) – The chief minister of the British territory of Gibraltar has mentioned he can select components of any Brexit deal Britain agrees with the European Union in order to keep away from these he considers detrimental.
Fabian Picardo instructed The Independent newspaper that Gibraltar’s structure gave it the power to find out which elements of any ultimate divorce deal concluded with the European Union it will preserve.
“We will be able to determine whether aspects of what is agreed will be implemented in Gibraltar or not,” Picardo mentioned, referring to the structure of the tiny enclave on the southern tip of Spain often called “The Rock”.
“It is clear that we do have a Brexit veto for Gibraltar, in Gibraltar.”
No one from Britain’s Brexit division was instantly accessible for remark.
As Britain negotiates a brand new buying and selling take care of the EU, there are deep splits throughout the nation about what kind of settlement ought to be sought with the bloc.
An evaluation compiled by British officers which was leaked on Monday advised that Britain can be worse off beneath three Brexit eventualities thought-about.
Gibraltar, which Spain ceded to Britain in 1713 however needs again, voted 96 % in favour of staying within the EU within the 2016 referendum and Picardo mentioned the enclave had autonomy in areas together with these regarding business and social care, that means it set completely different tariffs in some sectors.
The UK says it should search a one-size-fits-all commerce settlement with the EU which will probably be relevant to all elements of the UK, regardless of regional variations.
Gibraltar’s stance displays different divisions throughout the areas of 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 potential for 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; modifying by Michael Holden