Explainer: Europe’s coronavirus smartphone contact tracing apps – Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than 20 countries and territories in Europe have launched or plan smartphone apps that seek to break the chain of coronavirus infection by tracking encounters between people and issuing a warning should one of them test positive.


Source: Explainer: Europe’s coronavirus smartphone contact tracing apps – Reuters

Spanish warship orders Gibraltar boats to leave British waters : The Telegraph

Spanish warship with its guns manned ordered commercial ships to leave British Gibraltar waters on Sunday, the territory’s government said.

The warship’s crew can be heard in an audio recording of a radio exchange telling vessels anchored at the Rock to “leave Spanish territorial waters”. Royal Navy boats were deployed in response to the incident.

The vessels that were ordered to leave remained in port during the incident, which was branded “foolish” by a spokesman for Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar.

“There is only nuisance value to these foolish games being played by those who don’t accept unimpeachable British sovereignty over the waters around Gibraltar, as recognised by the whole world in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” the spokesman said.

“It seems there are still some in the Spanish navy who think they can flout international law.


Source: Spanish warship orders Gibraltar boats to leave British waters : The Telegraph

Spain to back Brexit deal after UK agrees to Gibraltar terms : MSN News

A comment from 61chrissterry ‘The betrayal of Gibraltar by the UK, but what is just one more on top of many others.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union removed the last major obstacle to sealing an agreement on Brexit after Spain said it had reached a deal Saturday with Britain over Gibraltar on the eve of an EU summit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who arrived in Brussels Saturday evening for preparatory talks with EU leaders, will then have the momentous task of selling the deal to a recalcitrant British Parliament and a nation still fundamentally split over whether the U.K. should leave the EU on March 29 and under what conditions.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Saturday that Madrid would support the Brexit divorce deal after the U.K. and the EU agreed to give Spain a say in the future of the disputed British territory of Gibraltar, which lies at the southern tip of the Mediterranean nation.

Spain wants the future of the tiny territory, which was ceded to Britain in 1713 but is still claimed by Spain, to be a bilateral issue between Madrid and London, not between Britain and the EU.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk assured Sanchez that Spain’s “prior agreement” would be needed on matters concerning Gibraltar.

“Europe and the United Kingdom have ac


Source: Spain to back Brexit deal after UK agrees to Gibraltar terms : MSN News

Spain ‘to reject Brexit deal’ without written Gibraltar pledge from UK | Euronews

Spain has called on the UK government to make a commitment on Gibraltar in writing before EU leaders meet to finalise the Brexit deal on Sunday.

Speaking Friday, Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, Luis Marco Aguiriano, said Madrid may vote against the divorce deal unless clarification concerning the future status of Gibraltar is included in the text.

European Union negotiators from the 27 states remaining after Brexit were unable to agree on Gibraltar during talks on Friday, Reuters reported, citing diplomatic sources.

Spain reportedly objected to portions of the text at the last minute, meaning little time was left for an agreement to be made.

A Spanish government spokesperson said any decisions concerning the future status of Gibraltar in the draft withdrawal treaty must be approved by Spain.


Source: Spain ‘to reject Brexit deal’ without written Gibraltar pledge from UK | Euronews

Brexit news: Gibraltar border row with Spain SOLVED – now onto Ireland | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

Brussels has insisted that specific divorce terms for the British Overseas Territory must be first signed off by Spain – effectively giving Spain the power to block the UK’s entire exit deal.

Madrid has long complained about the Rock’s status as a British territory and attacked it over its tax rules and environmental issues as well as claiming tobacco smugglers use the territory to move cigarettes into Spain.

The Spanish government has used its veto as an opportunity to push for more control over Gibraltar – particularly its airport – and as a way to force concessions on some of its demands.

But while the issue of sovereignty is now off the table, Gibraltar has revealed some of these issues will be addressed in “separate arrangements with Spain” as the Brexit negotiations enter their final stage.

A statement issued by the Gibraltar Government today said: “An agreement which provides for Gibraltar’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union is almost complete.

“There are a few issues that remain to be ironed out and the overarching principle of the discussions remains that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”


Source: Brexit news: Gibraltar border row with Spain SOLVED – now onto Ireland | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

Gibraltar says Spanish navy patrol ship made illegal incursion into its waters | Reuters

A Spanish navy patrol ship entered Gibraltar’s territorial waters without permission on Tuesday, the government of the British outpost on the southern tip of Spain said.

The future of Gibraltar has become the first big dispute of Brexit since Prime Minister Theresa May filed formal divorce papers last week, with the EU draft position on negotiations saying the application of any EU-UK trade deal to Gibraltar had be agreed between Spain and Britain.

“Illegal incursion into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish Navy patrol ship Infanta Cristina this afternoon,” the government of Gibraltar said on Twitter, alongside a video of the ship.

On Monday, May’s spokesman played down comments by a former leader of her Conservative party, Michael Howard, that she would be prepared to go to war to defend the territory.

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Michael Holden)

Source: Gibraltar says Spanish navy patrol ship made illegal incursion into its waters | Reuters

#AceBrexitNews – EU pushes to make Gibraltar an enclave of the #Brexit deal as desperation stakes kick in after Theresa May triggered #Article50 as we witnessed the first country to EXIT – @AceNewsServices

So the EU appears to be siding with Spain to enlarge their territory, which I am sure is not part of the EUs responsibility.

But the EU do not care about the rights and choices of persons within the EU, only doing so much to feather their own nest.

The Gibraltarians wish to remain part of the UK or what is left should Scotland have their second referendum and then win it, which is far from certain according to the polls.

The EU wants the UK to pay up front for policies that it committed to, or was that T Blair. If this in fact occurs would not Scotland need to pay the UK similar should they gain independence.

It is a minefield, why do parties try to keep other parties from going their own way, would it not suit everyone to have an amical split and stop gaining politic points and financial benefits, which will only sour relations and will not be cost effective for the future.