The British representative to the European Union has asked his European counterpart, Michel Barnier, not to come to London this week to continue negotiations aimed at seeking an agreement that defines the framework for future relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union when it ends. the transitional period, from 1 January 2021. It appears that you have been informed that this week negotiations can continue exclusively by telephone.
Last week, the flamboyant and somewhat disconcerting Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced to Parliament that all British people must prepare for the eventuality of a hard Brexit, that is, the absence of a deal. Ultimately, the United Kingdom would become in relation to the European Union in a situation similar to states without any type of agreement, such as Australia, applying, consequently, the principles of free international trade.
Perhaps it could be a tactical move to reinforce its position and force the European position, to date characterized by unity and negotiating firmness, but the truth is that it is an extraordinarily dangerous move since there is less and less room for action. maneuver in the negotiations and we are getting closer to the abyss that the absence of an agreement would mean.
The worst case scenario is undoubtedly, in my opinion, the inability of the parties to reach an agreement, regardless of who is responsible. The negative consequences that all experts identify in many areas will not be suffered only by the British, but will affect the entire continent with enormous negative economic and social implications, in an extraordinarily complex context such as the current one aggravated by the pandemic.
Undoubtedly, in this corner of the south of the south of the peninsula from where I write this column, this scenario of absence of agreement heralds a future horizon full of uncertainties and fears on both sides of the Gate. We need a global agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union that allows in turn to insert another Spain-United Kingdom bilateral agreement around Gibraltar that provides a framework of legal certainty that not only contributes to maintaining the fluidity of the passage through the border post, Rather, it serves as a stimulus to investment and to consolidate the confidence of all the parties involved to deepen this space of shared prosperity that we wish for Gibraltar and the Campo de Gibraltar.