Spain seeks assurances on Gibraltar in draft Brexit deal

Spain warns it could still BLOCK the Brexit deal without a veto on Gibraltar

Even if he said this is not a veto, he also said that they will not approve the text on Sunday if there is no legal certainty on the fact that any negotiation related to Gibraltar will need the approval of Spain.

"This is what needs to be made clear, and until it is clarified in the withdrawal agreement and in the political declaration on the future relationship, we can not give our backing".

Foreign minister Josep Borrell insisted that talks about the territory were "separate negotiations". The uncertainty comes from article 184.

Media captionBrexit could have big implications for Gibraltar which gave the highest vote to remain in the European Union referendum.

"We want the interpretation of that clause to be clarified", he said.

If the documents do not change before Sunday, "Spain will vote no", Pedro Sanchez has warned on Tuesday during a business forum organised by The Economist in Madrid.

A spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Theresa May meanwhile said the draft deal covers Gibraltar as well as "the other overseas territories and the crown dependencies".

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Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn was keen for the United Kingdom to back the deal now on the table, saying that "any deal is better than no deal" while Belgium's Didier Reynders said that the agreement reflects the interests of both parties.

Last night the Gibraltar Government said it was not surprised that Madrid had used "the eleventh-hour tactic" to raise new Gibraltar-related issues as part of the Brexit negotiations.

According to a special clause that Spain had included in the European Council's Brexit guidelines past year says that "no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom".

These discussions commenced under the Partido Popular Government in March and were continued by the incoming PSOE administration as from June.

Czech Europe minister Ales Chmelar said some states "have some individual proposals on sensitive issue" but said: "We hope that the text will not be reopened excessively".

Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo tweeted a statement about Spain's comments, saying their position "does little to build mutual confidence and trust going forward".

"It has no place in the modern Europe of today at a time when both the United Kingdom and Gibraltar are trying to build a new positive future relationship with the European Union".


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