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Visa-free travel agreement stirs up Gibraltar row

gibraltarBrussels has agreed to allow British passport holders visa-free travel to member states, even in the event of a ‘hard Brexit.’

Short visits to EU member states of up to 90-days, in any 180-day period, will be allowed after Brexit, on 29 March.

This welcomed agreement has been achieved under reciprocal arrangements as the UK decided that it does not intend to require a visa from EU citizens travelling to the UK for short stays.

The regulation distinguishes between those living in Britain and those who are citizens of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory which is in the EU.

A deliberately irritating note to the agreement reads, “Gibraltar is a colony of the British Crown. There is a controversy between Spain and the United Kingdom concerning the sovereignty over Gibraltar, a territory for which a solution has to be reached in light of the relevant resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.”

Referring to Gibraltar as 'a British colony' was guaranteed to test relations between London and Brussels.

A UK government spokesperson commented, “The EU’s provisions for visa-free travel into and out of the Schengen area cover Gibraltar, and mean that in any scenario, British nationals from Gibraltar will be able to travel for short stays in and out of Spain and other countries in the Schengen area. Gibraltar is not a colony and it is completely inappropriate to describe in this way.”

“Gibraltar is a full part of the UK family and has a mature and modern constitutional relationship with the UK. This will not change due to our exit from the EU. All parties should respect the people of Gibraltar’s democratic wish to be British.”

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0 #9 Boris H 2019-02-05 14:45
Hamilton,
Equally stupid is someone who lives in a country that he or she is eternally finding fault with.
0 #8 nogin the nog 2019-02-04 21:02
Quoting Chip:
Quoting nogin the nog:
Spain should take note that a referendum is the Voice of the people..


Perhaps the British government should do likewise.

Hmm
Who knows chip, Stranger things do happen from time to time.. :-*
0 #7 Chip 2019-02-04 17:38
Quoting nogin the nog:
Spain should take note that a referendum is the Voice of the people..


Perhaps the British government should do likewise.
0 #6 Denby 2019-02-03 17:57
Gibraltar also made it clear that they wanted to remain in the EU, as 96% of them voted to remain. Looks like they want to have there cake and eat it too...
+2 #5 nogin the nog 2019-02-03 11:41
Quoting AL:
Quoting Hamilton:
Southern Spain's racially focused, abysmally bad, treatment of UK nationals when destroying their 'locally fully legal but not regionally legal' properties can now be seen as total stupidity as a way to gain respect. As equally stupid as Portugal's "Contra os Bretoes" national anthem that must be hidden at all costs from us Bretoes. So obvious now that we northerners leave the European Union when we cross the Pyrenees heading south.

Your insulting claims about the Portuguese national anthem are racist, completely ignorant of the facts and off topic. I suggest you stay north of the English channel, you're a bad advertisement to English culture.

hmm.
I don't know what Hamilton s been drinking. But I wouldn't mind some... The UK asked the residents of Gibraltar and they asked to be part of the UK.. Spain should take note that a referendum is the Voice of the people..
+4 #4 AL 2019-02-03 10:09
Quoting Hamilton:
Southern Spain's racially focused, abysmally bad, treatment of UK nationals when destroying their 'locally fully legal but not regionally legal' properties can now be seen as total stupidity as a way to gain respect. As equally stupid as Portugal's "Contra os Bretoes" national anthem that must be hidden at all costs from us Bretoes. So obvious now that we northerners leave the European Union when we cross the Pyrenees heading south.

Your insulting claims about the Portuguese national anthem are racist, completely ignorant of the facts and off topic. I suggest you stay north of the English channel, you're a bad advertisement to English culture.
-2 #3 Hamilton 2019-02-03 08:51
Southern Spain's racially focused, abysmally bad, treatment of UK nationals when destroying their 'locally fully legal but not regionally legal' properties can now be seen as total stupidity as a way to gain respect. As equally stupid as Portugal's "Contra os Bretoes" national anthem that must be hidden at all costs from us Bretoes. So obvious now that we northerners leave the European Union when we cross the Pyrenees heading south.
+2 #2 Two.Sugars.in.my.tea 2019-02-03 07:48
AFAIC, Spain can have Gibraltar - a centre for money laundering, cyber-crime and narcotics organised crime. :-|
+1 #1 nogin the nog 2019-02-02 22:17
hmm
Its a shame the EU don't look closer at Spain's
draconian political standing with the Catalan peoples right to self determination..

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