Posted by Mencey
The relevance of Gibraltar to Brits in Spain is that Gibraltar is or was a popular place to get married under British law. Now, something that no doubt the UK government does not want to shout about, a draft treaty was agreed a few milliseconds before the transition period of Brexit ended which relates to the status of that British Overseas Territory. The population of Gibraltar had voted overwhelmingly for the UK to remain in the EU, but they were outvoted. The consequence of that is that Gibraltar is now part of the Schengen area, and the physical border between Gibraltar and Spain will disappear, providing free movement to and from Spain. Anybody entering Gibraltar by sea or air will now have to go through border control twice, one by Gibraltar, one by Spain. Spain will thus be able to refuse entry to anybody arriving in Gibraltar. The details are given in this English version of El País. Nominally, the sovereignty will not be affected, but anybody clinging to the idea that Gibraltar is still British is in denial of the reality that Brexit has resulted in a fundamental change in its status. But please do not tell anybody, it might upset people.