Technical delegations from Spain and the United Kingdom will meet in Madrid on January 14 and 15 to set a timetable and an agenda for the meetings to deal with Britain’s departure from the EU, which has a transition period extending to December 31, 2020.
The British government is being very reserved about the priorities it will bring to the negotiating table. “We are committed to all the agreements described in the Withdrawal Agreement. Together with the government of Gibraltar and the kingdom of Spain, we will apply the Gibraltar protocol and associated commitments,” said a spokesperson in Madrid.
Almost 30,000 people cross the border daily, and keeping traffic flows smooth is a priority for all parties involved. “The priority of the government of Gibraltar is to ensure that our departure from the EU does not negatively affect the lives of citizens who cross the border in either direction. By working together, we can ensure smooth border flows for all interested parties,” said Chief Minister Fabian Picardo in a written reply to this newspaper.
Permanent residency is obtained after 5 years of Spanish Residency through Self-Empoyed Residency or Non-Lucrative Residency or Residency through Investment. This followed by 5 years as a permanent resident and means you can then obtain Spanish Citizenship with a Spanish Passport.