Britain today struck a last-gasp deal with Spain to keep Gibraltar’s vital border open after Brexit takes place tonight.
The Rock’s status was not covered in the trade agreement reached by Boris Johnson on Christmas Eve, prompting concerns about what would happen when the transition period ends at 11 pm
Arancha Gonzalez Laya announced that the ‘agreement in principle’ means people in Gibraltar ‘can breathe a sigh of relief’.
She said that further details on the agreement would be published in the New Year.
A lot was riding on the outcome for Gibraltar, which needs access to the EU market for its economy. The territory is home to around 34,000 people.
They faced the possibility of entering the new year with tight new controls on what for decades has been an open border with the Spanish city of La Línea de la Concepción.
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