Sunday 24 September 2017

Comment: How both Ireland and Gibraltar could end up as pawns in the UK's game of chess with the EU

Some 95.91pc of Gibraltar residents voted to remain in the EU last June
Some 95.91pc of Gibraltar residents voted to remain in the EU last June

David Dawson

Much has been mentioned in the media around the globe - and especially in the UK - about the row between the UK, Gibraltar and Spain.

The argument centres around a line in the EU guidelines, specifically: "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."

The Spanish political powers, I'm sure, pushed for that line to be included at the time to give them leverage in negotiations - pushing their agenda, as has always been the case, for Gibraltar to be ceded to the Spanish.

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