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Gibraltar and Scotland Are in Talks to Stay in E.U., Gibraltar Chief Minister Says

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Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo is in talks with Scotland‘s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over a plan to keep parts of the United Kingdom in the European Union.

Among the options being discussed, Picardo said one possibility is for Gibraltar and Scotland, which both voted to remain in the E.U., to maintain the U.K.’s membership of the bloc, BBC Newsnight reports.

“I can imagine a situation where some parts of what is today the member state United Kingdom are stripped out and others remain,” Picardo told BBC, adding that Northern Ireland could also be included in the talks.

“That means that we don’t have to apply again for access,” he said. “We simply remain with the access we have today, and those parts that leave are then given a different sort of access, which is negotiated but not necessarily under Article 50.”

The U.K. last week decided to leave the E.U. in a narrow vote.


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