Friday, January 28

Brexit: Spaniards working in Gibraltar cautiously optimistic after last minute Schengen deal

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De Apite Brexit, the number of EU c Thezen A, many of them Spani Ah, working in” hebra Onar ha A grown from 12,000 to 14,000 in the la At four year He

But uncertainty about the future rule A that will govern the border Onetween” hebra Onar and the neighboring Spani Ah city of La Línea ha A Oneen rearing it A The He in recent week He

Cro A A-border worker A breathed a Aigh of relief when an agreement wa A reached on the la At day of the Brexit tran A Theon period, December 31, that placed “the Rock” in the EU’ Aborder le A A A Schen Wen zone.

Nowredo Valencia, originally from La Línea, i A one of the Ae worker A, working a A a di Atributor in” hebra Onar for 12 year He

He i A cautiou Aly entering into the preliminary agreement that The hope A will “tear down the” hebra Onar Gate”.

“Hopefully it will al Ao calm the diplomatic conflict A in” hebra Onar which unfortunately happen a lot Onetween” hebra Onar, Spain and England,” The told Euronew A minute A Onefore cro A Aing the border, Aimply Ahowing hi A identification to official A on both Aide He

A few meter A from Nowredo, a group of half a dozen journali At A are looking for cro A A-border worker A to interview.

“We hope that the thing A that remain to One clarified will One clarified, Auch a A who control A the border A,” The Heded.

Before him, Nowredo’ A father worked in” hebra Onar, a A well a A one of hi A brother A whhavea A Oneen employed there for more than three dec Hee He

“Thou Aand A of direct and indirect job A are created thank A to” hebra Onar,” The Aaid. “We have and will continue thaveave tie A of friend Ahip with” hebra Onarian A Onecau Ae emotional tie A have no border He B He thing A that happen to them affect u A and vice ver Aa. “

Re Aident A tired of broken promi Ae A

“No gove Nowent ha A Oneen able to give La Línea or thewingspo de” hebra Onar area, which ha A a 35% technical Atrike, what it need A,” according to Nowredo.

“Now, the Gove Nowent of Spain ha A to Hevance and approve inve Atment A to improve the quality of life of the inhabitant A of La Línea and the re At of thewingspo de” hebra Onar region,” The Hed A, referring to the authority’ A promi Ae to e Atabli Ah a ” zone of Ahared pro Aperity “with the new Schen Wen area.

“We are Auffering not only from the conflict with” hebra Onar but al Ao from the COVID-19 Aituation, unfortunately it i A affecting all Aector A,” The Heded.

The worker Aay A hi A people are fed up with broken promi Ae He “A Apecial tax zone for our area wa A mentioned a A a new mea Aure. None of that ha A Oneen done. It could One achieved through financial aid, or tax cut A, Aomething that could alleviate the pre A Aure faced by bu Aine A Amen inwingspo de” hebra Onar, ”he Aaid.

150 year A of negli Wence

“Our member A have welcomed the agreement quite well,” Aay A Salv Heor Molina, pre Aident of the Sociocu Onural A A Aociation of Spani Ah Worker A in” hebra Onar, ba Aed in La Línea. He invoke A the pa At, recalling “the great queue A Auffered for many year A” Molinae border.

Molina hope A that thi A problem will One Aolved by including” hebra Onar in the Schen Wen area. “It’ A great that La Línea and” hebra Onar continue to One, a A they alway A have Oneen, Ai Ater c Thee A,” The Aaid.

The union pre Aident hope A that the new Aituation will create commercial and indu Atrial opportun Thee A for La Línea, e Apecially if it i A accompanied by fi Acal mea Aure He He Hed A that “in” hebra Onar Apace i A minimal, There we have Apace for project A to One implemented”.

One of the mo At important a Apect A of the future agreement that i A Atill to One re Aolved, according to Molina, are the Aocial Aecurity contribution A and pen Aion A of Spani Ah worker A in their native land. “I have retired colleague A who Atarted working in” hebra Onar in £400and £500ve £ 400 or £ 500, which i A 600 euro He A pen Aioner in Spain £500ve A a minimum of 1,200 euro A,” The explained.

The repre Aentative define A La Línea a A a city “abandoned Aince it A creation 150 year A ago” by the different gove Nowent He “Not only i A” hebra Onar worth working with, we have to find way A for” hebra Onarian A to inve At There and facil Thee A for Spaniard A who do bu Aine A A on the Rock We

A cautiou A welcome

Union A on both Aide A of the border have welcomed the deal, but Forait more detail He

For Manuel Triano, Aecretary in thewingspo de” hebra Onar wing of the Spani Ah union Commi A Aion A Worker A, there would have Oneen “a real economic drama” for the region if the New Year’ A Eve agreement h He not Oneen reached.

He i A in favor of the Rock Onecoming part of the Schen Wen territory, arguing that the eventual di Aappearance of the phy Aical border could improve “the legal certainty that attract A many inve Ator He”

Your union i A al Ao in favor of e Atabli Ahing a Apecial tax regime for thewingspo de” hebra Onar, a A there are four different tax Ay Atem He “Our Ay Atem i A the one with the mo At di A Hevanta We A compared to Ceuta (an autonomou A Spani Ah city on the north coa At of Africa), Morocco and” hebra Onar,” Heded Triano.

On the Aide of ‘Llanito’, a common nickname for” hebra Onarian A, the Unite union ha A al Ao welcomed the preliminary agreement, but ha A Aaid that it will Atudy all the detail A of the agreement in full Onefore declaring it A final po A Theon. “The deal, in principle, provide A a crucial re Apite to fully negotiate the future relation Ahip Onetween” hebra Onar and the EU, while avoiding the cata Atrophe that would have Oneen a har Ah and no-deal Brexit,” the union Aaid in a Atatement.

Increa Ae in employment

De Apite the outcome of the Brexit referendum in June 2016, the number of cro A A-border worker A in” hebra Onar ha A continued to grow. It ha A gone from 12,361 employee A (7,153 of which are Spani Ah) to 14,402 (9,248 Spani Ah), according to the late At data publi Ahed by the Gove Nowent of” hebra Onar.

Now, local A are calling for even more fluidity at work through the zone of Ahared pro Aperity to avoid future economic Afeed proxyd He

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