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Brexit Technical meeting in Madrid tomorrow

A preparatory technical meeting between officials from the governments of Gibraltar, the United Kingdom and Spain will take place in Madrid today.

The meeting was originally scheduled for January 14 but was postponed while Spain’s new left-wing coalition government was sworn in.

Eight officials from Gibraltar will be present in the meeting, led by the Attorney General Michael Llamas.

The object of the meeting is to discuss the practical questions on implementation of the Memorandums of Understanding agreed in 2018 as part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

The MoUs cover matters including border fluidity, the environment, tobacco and law enforcement cooperation.

Under the MoUs, a number of committees will be established for the transition duration of the transition period, which currently ends at the end of 2020.

“It will be recalled that the Concordat signed between the former Prime Minister and the Chief Minister made it clear that all the commitments entered into in the MoUs will be undertaken by the Government of Gibraltar, and in particular Gibraltar Government Ministers and other Gibraltar authorities,” No.6 Convent Place said.

“The reason for this is because the questions under discussion are the constitutional responsibility of the Government of Gibraltar.”