SPAIN has set up contingency plans in case there is no final deal on Brexit, junior EU affairs minister Luis Marco Aguiriano said today. Junior EU affairs minister Luis Marco Aguiriano said: "If the United Kingdom leaves without a deal, so does Gibraltar ... what we want is an orderly exit."
The peninsula, a British territory since 1713 and known to its 30,000 residents as "the Rock", is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations. Spain has long claimed sovereignty over the territory.
Spain welcomes the inclusion of a protocol on Gibraltar in the draft Brexit agreement but has not given up its claims on the British overseas territory, he added.
Mr Aguiriano told reporters the deal was "very positive" for workers and residents on Gibraltar, a peninsula on Spain's southern coast.
Madrid hoped it be backed by the British parliament, he added, speaking as British Prime Minister Theresa May battled to save the agreement in the face of opposition from politicians across the spectrum.
The Spanish government has contingency plans in place if there was no final deal on Brexit, Aguiriano added.