PRESS RELEASE 161
Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation travels to London to meet with his British counterpart
20/07/2021

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, travels to London tomorrow to meet with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, the day after the presentation by the European Commission of its draft mandate for negotiations on Gibraltar.

Relations between the United Kingdom (UK) and Spain are very close from a human and economic perspective and both governments cooperate closely in such fields as security and defence. In the wake of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), the visit will be a good chance to address the application of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the Withdrawal Agreement, along with the negotiations that will shortly begin between the British Government and the European Commission on Gibraltar, in which Spain’s priority is to reach an agreement that ensures the shared prosperity of the entire Campo de Gibraltar.

Three of the four bilateral Memoranda of Understanding between Spain and the UK on Gibraltar are also due to be renewed by the two ministers. These comprise the Memorandum of Understanding in Police and Customs Cooperation, the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation and the Memorandum of Understanding on Tobacco and Other Products, all entered into in Madrid and London on 29 November 2018. The validity of these MoUs expired on 31 December 2020, after the completion of the transition period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK from the EU. The Memorandum of Understanding on Citizens’ Rights continues to remain in force.

Furthermore, they will discuss other issues on the international agenda at their meeting, such as the global supply of vaccines against COVID-19, the anticipated goals of the COP26, to be held in Glasgow, and the situation in Belarus.

During his trip to London, the minister will hold meetings with Spanish business owners in the United Kingdom and the Spanish colony established there, and will also visit the Spanish Consulate General in London.

 

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