Expats on Gibraltar concerned about new Spanish demands

Published:  19 Sep at 6 PM
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In spite of previous assurances by the British government, UK expats on the Rock are increasingly concerned about new Spanish demands.

With just over six months to go before Brexit takes effect one way or the other, Spain is demanding the EU sets up a special deal with the Gibraltar government over issues such as environmental concerns, tax evasion, smuggling and, importantly, cross-border workers. The demands came after a meeting between the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez, during which it’s been reported Barnier was happy to offer his full support for Spain’s proposals.

According to the media, Spain has promised to backtrack on its long-standing demands for sovereignty over the Rock during the remainder of Brexit talks. Madrid is now hoping EU ministers will agree an addition to the Brexit deal which includes tougher regulations preventing individuals and companies from seeking residency on the peninsula in order to evade taxes.

According to Gibraltar MEP Ashley Fox, a beneficial deal between Spain and Gibraltar can be reached as long as talks continue with respect to Gibraltar’s sovereignty.
Since the 18th century and in spite of Spain’s efforts to claim back sovereignty of Gibraltar, the Rock has been a British Overseas Territory subject to British law and with mostly British long-term expat residents.

Meanwhile in Andalusia, heavy rains have caused flash floods in many rural parts of the region including Sentinel de Bodegas, Ronda and Rio Frio Granada. Homes have been flooded, power has been lost, cars have been swept away and farmland is under water. Worst hit was the region’s iconic caviar industry, with ponds containing the sturgeon whose eggs provide the luxury treat completely destroyed and the fish either washed away or killed by the force of the waters.
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