23rd February 2020, 19:10
Border fluidity and the protection of cross-border workers have been the major concerns expressed by the eight mayors of the Campo de Gibraltar at a meeting with the Spanish Foreign Minister in Madrid to discuss Brexit.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya assured the visiting mayors that the defence of the interests of the Campo de Gibraltar would be a priority in future negotiations on relations with the UK post-Brexit, with the aim of creating a zone of shared prosperity.
Reports in the Spanish press say the mayors called for frontier fluidity and for the protection of the rights of cross-border workers, also emphasising the importance of measures to tackle the high rate of unemployment in the area. Shared use of the Gibraltar airport was another issue reportedly raised.
The meeting comes ahead of the first meetings of the Joint Committees created under the Memorandums of Understanding agreed as part of the Gibraltar Protocol to the Brexit agreement. These initial meetings will take place in Algeciras this week.