Gibraltar 'not willing to negotiate an inch' with Spain says expert

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Kayron Pozo has lived on the Rock all his life and said that many of its inhabitants hope that the current talks with the EU resolve the issues it has experienced since Brexit. The 45-year-old podiatrist spoke as negotiations for a post-Brexit treaty between Gibraltar and the EU continue.

It was not included in Brexit Britain’s withdrawal agreement and has been “relying on temporary, informal arrangements to keep open its critical artery” with Spain.

Mr Pozo told “The biggest stumbling block is always sovereignty because we feel that, if Spain got any grip over sovereignty, then we could potentially over a period of time lose our national identity and our sovereignty.

“And I know it sounds a little bit dramatic but we have, for many, many years, had a very hostile neighbour.

“Although not hostile in comparison to other parts of the world, but politically they’ve been very hostile.

“And the way that they’ve been dealing with Gibraltarians and things going back from time immemorial.

“So our hat is always up when it comes to a negotiation with Spain. But the biggest stumbling block always is sovereignty.”

He went on that Gibraltar “won’t” ever give Spain an inch with regards to sovereignty.

He added: “Look – Spain was Moorish for longer than Gibraltar was Spanish.

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“So ask the Spaniards if they want to be Moorish again?

“It’s as simple as that.

“Go to Scotland and ask them if they want to be English.

“It really is a strong sentiment so from our end of the bargain we are not willing to negotiate it an inch.”

Last month the EU paved the way for formal negotiations between the bloc and the UK on Gibraltar’s ongoing relationship with the EU.

It seeks to “establish a broad and balanced” agreement “without prejudice to the issues of sovereignty and jurisdiction”.

Until now the Rock has been relying on an 11th-hour deal at the end of 2020 to avoid a hard border with Spain.

However, that agreement is not legally binding and must be translated into an international treaty between the EU and the UK.

It has also created issues importing products from the UK through EU countries because of additional customs checks.

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