Spain and the United Kingdom began negotiations in Brussels this month to reach the Gibraltar agreement, pending since Brexit took effect; Some of the talks have been suspended since late May, when Spain announced an electoral extension. Once Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet is confirmed, the idea is now to speed up discussions to reach an agreement that sees Madrid sitting down. If he is “very close” to waking him up and the ball is on the London roof, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Alvarez responded, saying he was satisfied with the “progress” of his first live debate. If British ally David Cameron is unwilling to advance a concrete plan to announce a deal.
“Today we have moved forward because David Cameron has shown the will to do so”, Alvarez explained to journalists after his first bilateral meeting with the former British prime minister, first responsible for the current situation, which proposed a permanent referendum. The Brexit of the United Kingdom in the European Union (and its reduction) and the situation in Gibraltar have now become necessary to resolve. According to Albarez, at his meeting in Brussels, on the sidelines of a quote from NATO foreign ministers and on the sidelines of some of the rooms Cameron gathered throughout the day, the “firm aspects” of the agreement were discussed in a conflicting context, “without anyone being a tyrant, there is no dispute.”
The face-to-face quote, which will be Cameron’s first official visit to Brussels, was agreed during his first phone conversation with the UK’s new diplomat on the moon. The call by the British is another demonstration of interest on London’s part to close the matter, according to the head of Spanish diplomacy, who insisted during the day that “what the agreement requires is a voluntary policy in advance”. “On the British side, it has.
The Spanish political volunteer has been in the works for a “balanced and generous” proposal since “several months ago” and Madrid had “nothing new before, or forward”. Albarez agreed.
The official Spanish plan, launched at the end of 2022, calls Spain “controlled, under the name [el Espacio] Schengen can exercise certain functions and capabilities necessary to protect the integrity and security of Gibraltar’s external borders and space. This would mean that Spanish agents—initially assisted by Frontex—were behind the suppression of Verja, the land border between the Spanish territory and Gibraltar, controlling the border crossings at the airport and the port of Gibraltar.
Not wanting to go into detail, claiming to be delicate in the negotiations, the knowledge of the dialogues confirms that border surveillance considerations are a “puente ya cruz” and now both parties are to find a formula to feel “comfortable” with this. And some other things are still under discussion.
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“We are focused on finding the right formulas so that political ideas can be effectively and practically implemented in concrete aspects and ultimately achieve this zone of shared prosperity,” Albarez says..
“The fundamentals are very clear, several months ago I put a global agreement on the table, because we must be global and touch all aspects to create this real zone of prosperity shared between Gibraltar and Campo de Gibraltar,” said the Spanish minister. ., reiterating the mantra that has been starting Madrid for months now: “The ball is and continues to be in the roof of the United Kingdom, they have to decide if they want a deal or use European law. “, he said. The head of Spanish diplomacy acknowledged that the second option would be a “confused” step for Madrid.
“This deal is good for everyone in the world, and the spirit that comes to the UK is to achieve this deal”, he insisted, although he expressed “confidence” in a deal in sight. “Since we are dealing with very precise and very precise aspects, we have agreed on most of the agreement, I honestly believe that we will be able to reach a definitive and universal point of this agreement,” he says. However, although the urgency is in the air to resolve a question that still needs to be verified by a European Commission, no one dares to create a closure for him, which must be renewed within a year. European elections in June.
Despite the “fence”, no one dared to abandon any agreement to close the few remaining “flecos”. Álvarez used a diplomatic phrase: “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, until the last coma”, he agreed.
Crisis with Israel
In another order, Alvarez ended a diplomatic crisis with Israel by making a last call to Israel’s ambassador in Madrid, Rodica Radian-Garden, after Israeli officials accused Sanchez and First Belgian Minister Alexandre de Groove of “supporting terrorism.” , an extreme that España considers “false”.
“It has become very clear that the President of the Government should never make unacceptable false declarations (…) It has been sufficiently clarified that we will not accept any further such declarations (. ..) anymore. In this sense announcements will be tolerated,” fumed the Spanish diplomatic chief.