A BREXIT deal will not be held up by disputes over Gibraltar, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said as he warned of the turmoil his country would face over a no-deal.
More than 300,000 UK citizens are living in Spain and Spanish companies are heavily invested in the UK economy.
The EU terms of the guidelines on Brexit negotiations gives Spain a veto on whether the terms of any deal also apply to Gibraltar.
Mr Borrell said there were more problems to overcome before Spain could talk about Gibraltar, the British enclave on the tip of the Iberian peninsula known as “the rock”.
“Gibraltar, the rock, will not be the last stone in the road. I hope. This is not going to happen.”
Gibraltar’s £2.2 billion (€2.4 billion) economy is service based and relies on frontier workers coming from Spain for about half of its labour force.