OFFICIAL STATEMENT 171
Legal Value of the Statements Regarding Gibraltar (Brexit)
27/11/2018

With regard to some statements published by different media outlets which question the legal value of the interpretative declarations subscribed last Sunday by the European Union and its Member States on the one hand and the United Kingdom on the other, regarding article 184 of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation would like to reiterate the following information:

- Paragraph 2 of article 31 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which regulates the general rules of treaty interpretation, includes the possibility to use any instruments accepted by the parties regarding a specific treaty in order to interpret the text of said treaty (letter b, article 31.2). The case of interpretative declarations accepted by all parties, called authentic interpretations, is included in said text.

- This is the case of the statements made by the European Institutions (European Commission and Council of the European Union), by the United Kingdom and by the 27 Member States regarding article 184 of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union.

 

 

 

 

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