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13th February 2020, 20:34

Spain's Foreign Minister reacts positively to Government's call for fluid Gibraltar Spain movement

Spain's Foreign Minister has reacted positively to the Government's call for fluid movement between Gibraltar and Spain. Arancha Gonzalez Laya called post-Brexit talks between UK and Spain an 'incredible opportunity' to address the status of Gibraltar, and 'to fix problems" that Spain "has not been able to fix in 300 years".

In an interview with The Times, Ms Gonzalez Laya suggested that traditional concepts of sovereignty were less important than a series of recent accords on issues such as the tax treaty and fighting contraband, going on to say that 'what matters in the 21st century is managing interdependence'.

She said Spain also wanted an overarching EU deal with the UK that is as "ambitious as it can be", but stressed the bloc's insistence of a level playing field.

The Foreign Minister's comments come after the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo ,called for fluidity at the frontier with Spain post-Brexit. While Ms Gonzalez Laya would not be drawn into specifics of what any potential arrangement would entail, she said that dialogue between states 'starts now'.

For his part, Fabian Picardo called the Foreign Minister's tone "constructive and positive" adding there is a lot in Ms Gonzalez Laya's successive interviews that Gibraltar could build on, however he said there were also some aspects on which "we will naturally disagree'.