The UK/EU negotiations on the future relationship of Gibraltar with the European Union are set to continue into next year. This was agreed at the fourth negotiating round which ended in London this afternoon.
There has been progress in the first four rounds and it is clear that all parties are determined to move forward in a positive and constructive manner to find solutions to the complex political and technical issues under discussion.
It will be recalled that, although the political framework was concluded on 31 December 2020, the actual negotiating process did not commence until October 2021, once the EU had completed its own internal procedures. The objective at this time is to conclude an agreement before Easter.
The negotiations are centred on securing the fluid movement of persons and goods between Gibraltar and the EU. There were a number of other areas discussed which would serve to underpin this and which would also serve to facilitate the creation of an area of greater shared prosperity.
The Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister, who are in London, attended meetings parallel to the negotiations, while the Attorney General, supported by the Director of Gibraltar House Brussels, participated throughout alongside the UK team.