Spain's PM threatens to vote against Brexit deal over Gibraltar

Spain's PM threatens to vote against Brexit deal over Gibraltar

Spain's PM threatens to vote against Brexit deal over Gibraltar

Briefly put, the withdrawal deal does not explicitly state that Madrid has a veto on future relations between the European Union and Gibraltar after Brexit. "If this happens, the final signing of the Agreement will be postponed indefinitely".

This negotiation has been conducted on the sidelines of the general Brexit agreement, to which Spain is still voicing strong objections.

The third MoU involves environmental concerns, and the fourth addresses cooperation on police and border control issues.

It has been reported that the so-called "pizza club" group of Cabinet Brexiteers was backing away from a plan to demand Mrs May re-opens negotiations with Brussels on a key element of the agreement.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said Spain will reject the draft Brexit withdrawal deal without a clarification of the text on future talks on the status of Gibraltar.

DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said the votes were "designed to send a political message to the government: Look, we've got an agreement with you but you've got to keep your side of the bargain".

"I think people will take a careful look over the abyss. and consider whether they think it is in the best interests of the whole country", Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said.

Spain ramped up Brexit tensions today by jibing that the United Kingdom will "split apart before we do".

The announcement stands in contrast from Spain's previous position which was to veto Scotland's attempts to join the European Union so as to dissuade Catalonian separatists. "We want a deal that works for the whole United Kingdom family and that includes Gibraltar".

Madrid claims this harms Spanish businesses across the border in the Campo de Gibraltar area.

But problems remain, with Spain objecting to language relating to the Rock on the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement.




It's the second time the Spanish politician has set the Brexit debate alight in as many days.

Gibraltar's tax system has always been a bugbear to Spanish governments, who label the British Overseas Territory a tax haven, a phrase rejected by Gibraltar's government and the global community. "And that is what needs to be made clear", Borrell said.

"We no longer have a right of veto", Mr Garcia complained.

Gibraltar is now in the European single market, which allows it to trade freely with the EU's 27 other member states.

Mr Arguiriano acknowledged that while Madrid believed it was negotiating bilaterally with London, the Gibraltar Government had participated in the negotiations alongside Spanish and United Kingdom officials.

He said the text does not make it clear that future negotiations on ties between Brussels and post-Brexit Britain are separate from the Gibraltar issue.

"I've already told you what results that produced in the past and would produce now", he said.

Mr Sánchez added his weight to those remarks on Tuesday at a forum in Madrid, emphasising that any future negotiations on Gibraltar had to be bilateral.

In fact, he highlighted the surprise caused by a clause included in the draft Brexit agreement that postpones the future of Gibraltar to negotiations between the European Union and Britain.

That means Spain alone can not block the deal, which in any event has yet to be debated and approved the UK Parliament, where Mrs May faces tough opposition to the text.

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