Spain and the United Kingdom reach a final agreement on the 15,000 cross-border workers in Gibraltar


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Spain and the United Kingdom have subscribed an agreement for the 15,000 workers who pass the Gibraltar gate on a daily basis for work reasons can continue to do so as of January 1, 2021, the date on which the transitional period of Brexit ends and Britain’s departure from the European Union begins “de facto”.

In a statement from the Foreign Ministry has reported that “the procedure has been agreed so that the 15,000 residents of the European Union who work in Gibraltar, of which almost 10,000 are Spanish, can make their rights effective as of January 1, 2021.”

Remember that the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union It guaranteed frontier workers the maintenance of all the labor rights they enjoyed before Brexit under European Union law.

Check if they are in the registry

Now, as of December 1st, interested cross-border workers should check on a website of the British colony authorities if they are registered as such.

“As of January 1, 2021, they may also request a letter from the Gibraltar authorities if they wish to certify their employment status. The letter will only be sent to those who request it, ”it is reported.

They will be able to prove their identity when entering Gibraltar with their Spanish passport and ID

If a worker does not appear as a frontier and considers that he has the right to do so, he may contact the Gibraltarian authorities stating his case.

Workers will be able to prove their identity at any time and when entering Gibraltar with their passport and ID from Spain or another country of the European Union.

From the January 1st, and as long as they maintain such status, border workers will receive the treatment they are already entitled to under European Union law, despite Brexit.

With this agreement, a response is given to one of the main concerns to that had given rise to Brexit in the Campo de Gibraltar and in Gibraltar.

The parties will continue to meet to analyze any issue that may arise in coordination with the European Commission as guardian of the European Union treaties and their correct application.

On the Spanish side, the Commonwealth of Municipalities of Campo de Gibraltar, the Junta de Andalucía and the General State Administration have participated in the meetings.

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