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Dominic Raab Says European Commission “Seeks to Undermine UK Sovereignty” over Gibraltar with New Negotiating Proposals | UK News

Dominic Raab attacked the European Commission’s proposals on how the UK and Spain should negotiate the future of Gibraltar.

The Foreign Minister said the committee’s draft mandate “directly conflicts” with the framework previously agreed between the EU, UK, Spain and Gibraltar earlier this year.

And he claimed he “seeks to undermine the sovereignty of the UK” over British overseas territory, which is geographically connected to the Spanish mainland.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab urged the European Commission to “rethink” their proposals

Earlier on Tuesday, the European Commission’s draft proposal to launch post-Brexit negotiations with the UK over Gibraltar were published in the Spanish press.

The plans include the removal of checks on people and goods at the land border between Spain and Gibraltar as well as rules to establish responsibility for asylum, visas, residence permits and police cooperation.

But in a statement released Tuesday evening, Raab accused the EU of going back on its previous stance, fearing Spain would try to expand its influence over the territory.

The UK government fears that the EU wants Spanish authorities to carry out these border checks, when they would prefer officials from the EU border agency to handle the process.

“The UK, along with Gibraltar, and Spain have carefully agreed to a pragmatic framework agreement, in full consultation with the European Commission,” the Foreign Minister said.

“The commission’s proposed mandate, released today, directly conflicts with this framework. It seeks to undermine UK sovereignty over Gibraltar and cannot be a basis for negotiations.

“We have always been pragmatic and flexible in finding arrangements that work for all parties, and we are disappointed that this has not been reciprocated. We urge the EU to think again.”

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