Between The Rock and a Hard Brexit: New hurdle for EU

Between The Rock and a Hard Brexit: New hurdle for EU

Between The Rock and a Hard Brexit: New hurdle for EU

Therefore, Sanchez said, if this agreement does not change before the extraordinary summit to be held this Sunday, Spain will vote against the deal.

The country´s government said that will oppose the draft deal if it doesn't include clarity over Gibraltar and would like to treat it as a bilateral issue to be discussed directly with the UK. "And that is what needs to be made clear", Borrell said.

Noting how Spain was obliged to accept British positions on Gibraltar when it was negotiating its 1986 accession to the bloc, a decade after Britain had joined, a senior European Union official said London now had to accept that "the tables have turned".

"The PM has been clear that we will not exclude Gibraltar and the other overseas territories and crown dependencies from our negotiations on the future relationship".

"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.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn branded the agreement "half-baked" - and said his party could negotiate a better one - while Conservative Andrew Rosindell urged May to ditch the plan and remove "the tentacles of the European Union over our cherished island nation".

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He justified this position by remembering that none of the documents presented to regulate Brexit or the subsequent political relationship between London and Brussels specifies that issues relating to Gibraltar will be outside the Community negotiating framework. Those talks have led to a "protocol" being agreed and three Spanish-British committees being set up to tackle tobacco smuggling, oversee cross-border workers rights, and co-operate on environmental protection and border control.

"I've already told you what results that produced in the past and would produce now", he said. Over 95 percent of Gibraltarian voted against a proposal to split sovereignty between Spain and the United Kingdom in 2002.

It also said that if the Rock wanted an extended transition period along with the United Kingdom, it would have to negotiate its own.

According to European Union rules, the withdrawal treaty is adopted by qualified majority and not unanimity.

After Tuesday's meetings in Madrid, the Gibraltar Government said the memorandums and the tax agreement were now complete "subject only to text stabilisation, legal checks and minor clarifications".

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