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Brexit disputes jeopardizing border flow Gibraltar

The consequences of a hard Brexit are now haunting Gibraltar commuters. Instead of being eliminated, the border between the British Overseas Territory and Spain, known locally as La Verja, could become a daily nightmare for the nearly 10,000 Spaniards who cross it every day for work.

If ongoing post-Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU fail to bear fruit, the European Commission could demand that Spain start carrying out the kind of checks on passengers and goods at La Verja that are performed at the EU’s external borders.

Right now, the biggest danger is that the Gibraltar negotiation could be affected by stalled talks on the Northern Ireland protocol. Spain’s Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said on Sunday that the differences over the protocol should not condition the Gibraltar deal. “They are two different issues that have absolutely nothing to do with each other; what’s more, they are two different negotiations,” he told english.elpais.com.

However, sources have stated that it will be very difficult to keep both negotiations separate, as they are taking place simultaneously and both depend on European Commission Vice President Maros Šefčovič.



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