Gibraltar, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union (EU) in June’s referendum, is keen to keep both freedom of movement and access to the single market for itself in the UK’s deal to leave the EU, regardless of what is negotiated for other parts of the UK.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show (11 December 2016), the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo said he wants the UK to negotiate a “differentiated” deal with the EU, with specific facets that will relate to Gibraltar’s position.
The Chief Minister highlighted the fact that there is already a different deal in place for certain elements of Gibraltar’s links with the EU. Gibraltar, for example, is not part of the Common Customs Union and is exempt from the Common Agricultural Policy.
Much of Gibraltar’s workforce commutes across the border from Spain to work (including many e-gaming employees) and the Chief Minister is understandably keen to keep that ease of access.
But he insisted that even if a deal was done that did not have specific consideration for Gibraltar there would be no change of view on Gibraltar being British and was not overly concerned about the risk of Spain playing politics with the issue of Gibraltar’s sovereignty in the EU negotiations with the UK.