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BREXIT HARDBALL: Spain issues Gibraltar WARNING as no-deal looms

January 4, 2019 5:26 PM
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BREXIT HARDBALL: Spain issues Gibraltar WARNING as no-deal looms

SPAIN has demanded Prime Minister Theresa May’s agreement with the nation’s leader Pedro Sanchez remains in place even if Britain leaves the EU without a deal after Brexit.

Spanish MP for Cadiz, Salvador de la Encina, said Gibraltar should be kept off the table permanently, despite Mrs May only agreeing to this should she mange to scoop a deal with the EU post-Brexit. In an editorial piece for Spanish newspaper 'Reach', he wrote: “Gibraltar has accompanied the United Kingdom in its European adventure with a better disposition than the United Kingdom as a whole.” “We have before us a Memorandum and various Protocols which were settled following tough negotiations between the United Kingdom and Spain with decisive and active Gibraltarian presence in the British Delegation. “Those documents can remain alive, and so there is the basis for an accord which can survive to guarantee the current 'status quo' which is delivering good results.

The small peninsula attached to Spain has long been a point of tension between the two countries, with Spain continuing to claim sovereignty for the UK territory.

Spanish officials have claimed they have strength over the UK in negotiations as 96 per cent of Gibraltar’s population voted in the EU referendum to remain in the bloc.

Spain has consistently ignored the cries of Gibraltar to remain under the rule of Britain, with Mr Sanchez using his relentless pursuit of the Rock as leverage over Mrs May’s Brexit deal with the bloc.


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