Saturday 21 September 2019

Spain threatens to vote against Brexit deal over Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar viewed from the departure lounge of Gibraltar Airport (Yui Mok/PA)
The Rock of Gibraltar viewed from the departure lounge of Gibraltar Airport (Yui Mok/PA)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Spain's prime minister has said his country will vote against the divorce agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom if Gibraltar's future is not considered a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.

The UK and the EU reached a 585-page draft withdrawal agreement and are fleshing out a far less detailed seven-page declaration on their future relations.

Both need to be approved by European leaders at a weekend summit.

If the documents do not change before Sunday, "Spain will vote no", Pedro Sanchez has warned on Tuesday during a business forum organised by The Economist in Madrid.

Spain is the only among 27 countries that has voiced opposition to the deal because it deems unclear the wording of how Gibraltar, the British territory at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, would be dealt with.

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