Spain has threatened to withdraw support for the draft Brexit divorce deal if its Gibraltar “veto” does not apply to a future trade deal between the UK and the EU.

Josep Borrell, Spain’s foreign minister, warned that both sides should prepare for “last-minute surprises” as splits appeared among EU member states over the in-principle deal agreed with the UK last week by Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator.

“We want to make sure the interpretation of this text is clear and shows that what’s being negotiated between the EU and the UK does not apply to Gibraltar,” said Mr Borrell.

Spain seeks assurances over Gibraltar in draft Brexit deal (Reuters)

Spain threatens to reject Brexit divorce deal over Gibraltar as EU infighting erupts (Telegraph)

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  1. Eoin

    when Article 50 was triggered in March 2017, the EU discussed the matter amongst member states and came back with a length response which included
    “after the United Kingdom leaves the Union, 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.”

    In other words, in 2017, Spain managed to get a veto on an EU/Gibraltar agreement.

    Whereas the dumbfupps in the Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs failed in 2017 to get a veto for Ireland on an EU/Northern Ireland agreement. Why not?

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  2. SOQ

    And now the Spanish pop their head up and shout SORPRESA .!.!.!.

    If this was a soap opera, nobody would believe it.

    Xanax must be a food group for May by this stage.

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