GIBRALTAR will have the last word on the talks on the final Schengen treaty, its chief minister revealed.
Fabián Picardo invested a lot of time in Madrid to finalize the New Year’s Eve agreement and this was reflected in his New Year’s message.
He assured Gibraltarians that sovereignty was “specifically off the table” in the talks and, just in case, the Rock might back off if it ever felt this was under threat.
“No FRONTEX official will be able to operate in Gibraltar if it is not with the permission granted by an act of Parliament in Gibraltar,” said Picardo.
“And the law of Gibraltar will not allow any agent of the law of Spain to have any executive or other jurisdiction in Gibraltar.”
He said that while the Schengen states would have the power to grant visas in their area, Gibraltar also had its own power to grant visas to those who stayed on the Rock.
Picardo insisted that his government, elected for three consecutive terms, had done its best within the two minefields of Brexit and COVID-19.
The title of the New Hope speech was relevant to both the Schengen agreement and the arrival of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
Finally, readers might have noticed the comedic twist to his message, which is named after a Star Wars movie, a common theme in his public messages.