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SPAIN-GIBRALTAR DEAL ‘A DIFFICULT PROCESS’

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said a deal had been reached “almost at the last minute” and the effects of a hard Brexit had been “averted”.

In a series of tweets from the Government of Gibraltar, he was quoted as saying: “This NYE, we can look forward with expectation & hope. We believe we may now be able to reset our relationship with Spain & cast it in a more positive light going forward. After many months of hard work, we have reached an in principle agreement with the UK and Spain.

“The treaty to be negotiated will deal with maximised and unrestricted mobility of persons between Gibraltar and the Schengen area.

“Almost at the last minute, the negotiation is successfully completed and the clock has stopped ticking. We are going to avert the worst effects of a hard Brexit.

“There are no aspects of the framework that has been agreed that in any away transgress Gibraltar position on sovereignty, jurisdiction or control. And that is not just my opinion, it is also the opinion of all members of the Gibraltar Cabinet.

“This has been a difficult process. We have been battling the tide of history. But with this agreement in principle we hope to start to see the future come into view. We are at the beginning of the creation of an area of shared prosperity.”