Talks have taken place between the UK and Spain over the future of Gibraltar relating to Brexit.
In a meeting that was described as “cordial”, issues were discussed that would form the basis of the relationship between all parties.
An agreement was made to meet again in the coming weeks, but no date was given.
The UK delegation comprised of officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the ambassador to Madrid.
Gibraltar was represented by its Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.
While the Spanish party included officials from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other ministries.
Two years ago all parties agreed to a four Memorandums of Understanding.
The deal tackled some of the most sensitive areas on relations over Gibraltar.
These include tobacco, the environment, customs and policing cooperation.
And the rights of cross-border workers.
Article 50 Difficulties
The discussions between the UK and Spain over the British territory are complicated.
These difficulties are highlighted in the terms of Article 50, which sets out how a country leaves the European Union.
A clause outlines: “After the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom.”
The terms and conditions hand each side a veto in any potential agreement.
Border Situation Contentious
How the border situation with Gibraltar ans Spain is of huge strategic interest to all parties.
As many tourists and workers cross into Gibraltar from the Spanish side.
And there are thousands of residents who cross the border from either direction.
It is deemed in the interests of both sides, that the close economic ties that exist are not damaged by Brexit.
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