Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for an agreement in respect of Gibraltar

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Series Details COM (2021) 411
Publication Date 20/07/2021
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Recommendation tabled by the European Commission on 20 July 2021 for a Council Decision authorising the launch of negotiations between the European Union (EU) / European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC) and the United Kingdom (UK) in respect of Gibraltar.

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Gibraltar was not included in the scope of the EU-UKĀ Trade and Cooperation Agreement, as already stated in the minutes adopted by the European Council in November 2018. The European Commission committed to launch negotiations on a separate agreement on Gibraltar should Spain request it. This Recommendation therefore builds on a bilateral understanding agreed between Spain and the UK In December 2020 on a potential framework.

The proposed negotiating directive put forward solutions to remove physical checks and controls on persons and good at the land border between Spain and Gibraltar, while ensuring the integrity of theĀ Schengen area and the EU's single market.

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Commentary and Analysis
Bloomberg, 21/07/2021: Why Gibraltar remains an issue in post-Brexit talks

EurActiv, 12/07/2021: EU to detail future relationship with Gibraltar next week
Reuters, 20/07/2021: UK tells EU to think again over bloc's plan for Gibraltar talks
GBC News, 21/07/2021: Chief Minister says his Government will never agree to the EU negotiating mandate which he says would bring 'joint poverty' as opposed to joint prosperity

Government of Gibraltar: Press Release, 01/07/2021: Absence of Treaty does not blunt enthusiasm & optimism for it
European Commission: Press Release, 20/07/2021: EU-UK relations: Commission proposes draft mandate for negotiations on Gibraltar
UK Government: Press Release, 20/07/2021: Draft mandate for negotiations in respect of Gibraltar: Foreign Secretary statement

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Gibraltar in the context of Brexit negotiations

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