Sunday 17 December 2017

Ireland stuck between a rock and a hard place

Tourists on the top of the Rock in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Photo: REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Tourists on the top of the Rock in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Photo: REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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The EU's draft negotiation guidelines stipulate: "No agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom".

Whilst I was reading this here in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, I thought that perhaps the sunshine had affected my brain or it was an April Fool's Day joke and someone had substituted Gibraltar for Northern Ireland and Spain for Ireland.

Unfortunately, it was Gibraltar and not Northern Ireland that had received official EU recognition as a concern for another fellow member state, ie Spain.

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