19 Aug, 2019 @ 15:56
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No deal Brexit risks for British in Spain and Gibraltar, detailed in leaked UK Government report

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LEAKED PAPERS: Warn of delays of up to four hours at Gibraltar border

BRITISH embassy in Spain set to be overwhelmed by expats’ demands for help in the event of a no deal Brexit, suggests leaked government plans.

The secret Yellowhammer documents have suggested British citizens travelling to the EU will be limited to 90-day stays and subject to tighter passport checks.

The resulting ‘meltdown’ could see ‘an increase in consular inquiries, with more complex and time-consuming consular assistant cases for vulnerable UK nationals’.

A main element in the draft Brexit deal was protecting the rights of 3.5 million European citizens living in Britain, and over one million Brits in the bloc.

CABINET MINISTER: Gove has dismissed the document as ‘old’

But in the worst case scenario expats will lose their EU citizenship, their ‘associated rights’ and access to services, which may include healthcare.

Though Michael Gove, the minister in charge of no-deal planning, has said the document showed ‘absolutely the worst case’, and was an ‘old document.’

The Yellowhammer papers has also suggested Gibraltar is ‘under prepared’ for Britain leaving without a deal. 

This includes claims that ‘the imposition of checks at [Gibraltar’s] border with Spain’  will disrupt the supply of goods, including food, medicine and the shipment of waste.

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CHAOS: Predicted at the border

The 15,000 frontier workers who cross the border from Spain each day to work in Gibraltar can also expect to face delays of more than four hours for ‘at least a few months’ if the UK crashes out, the document says.

“Prolonged border delays over the longer term are likely to adversely impact Gibraltar’s economy,” it continues.

The Gibraltar Government has been quick to dismiss the claims as ‘out-of-date¡ and based on ‘planning for worst case scenarios.’

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CHIEF MINISTER: Fabian Picardo has said the issues raised have already been addressed.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “We do not want a no-deal Brexit. We think it is bad for Gibraltar. We are, nonetheless, now ready for it. 

“The matters raised in the outdated Yellow Hammer leak have already been responsibly addressed in detail. Those are assumptions based on ‘worst case scenarios’ which we have come up with ourselves,” he continued.

“As a responsible Government, we plan for the worst case scenarios, even though we are confident they will not occur.” 

Tim McNulty

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  1. Does the 15,000 frontier workers who cross the border from Spain each day to work in Gibraltar include Spanish workers?
    I know this is very old quote but:-

    SPANISH Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has tried to calm British expats in Spain by saying a no-deal Brexit will not affect their rights.
    Even if Britain leaves the European Union on March 29 without a deal, the 300,000 Brits registered in Spain will be protected, said Spain’s leader.
    “Their rights will be preserved whatever the scenario,” he said at the end-of-year news conference traditionally given by the Spanish leader, Reuters reported.

    Location : Motril
  2. Now we have several Brussels insiders openly saying “A no deal Brexit will hurt the UK more than the EU” because the most important outcome is to show the rest of the EU, if you want out you WILL be punished.
    They are afraid of politicians like Salvini the La League party leader that want to take Italy out of the EU.

    Location : Motril

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