SPAIN has demanded the status of Gibraltar to be negotiated after Brexit, with the Spanish ambassador to the United Nations (UN) stressing the case was “urgent”.
Augustin Santos called for talks on the legal status of Gibraltar post-Brexit and warned a lack of negotiations on the British overseas territory would lead to “economic disaster” in the region.
Referring to Brexit, he told a UN meeting: “It is clear that after so many years of discussing sovereignty, we can find much more urgent problem.
“If we do not reach an agreement, those who will be directly affected will be the populations n either side of the border fence.”
He added he believes it is “very urgent to begin negotiations that clearly establish what the legal status” of Gibraltar was.
Mr Santos also said the economic crash of Gibraltar would fall on the shoulders of the UK, which he said was wholly “responsible” following the June 2016 EU referendum vote.
But later on in the meeting, he suggested Brexit should not be applied to Gibraltar without there first being negotiations between Spain and the UK.
Spain also used its UN address to slate the region, which Madrid claims responsible for tobacco smuggling, tax dodging and had subsequently damaged Spain’s economy.
Mr Santos also said Gibraltar’s “one of a kind” fiscal regime had a negative “economic imbalance” on neighbouring Spain.