Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spanish FM Vows to Protect Interests in Contested Gibraltar After Brexit

Madrid will not accept Brexit terms that put its interests at risk in Gibraltar, a tiny UK territory in Spain’s south, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told the parliament on Wednesday.

The United Kingdom has finally triggered the EU withdrawal process by handing a formal letter to European Council President Donald Tusk. The talks on a departure deal are due to end in May 2019.

"We will not agree to any documents that will undermine Spain’s position on [Gibraltar] sovereignty or back Gibraltar’s economic activities that hurt Spain’s interests," Dastis said, adding Madrid should approve any terms of a Brexit deal that would be applied to the United Kingdom’s overseas territory.

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