A fisherman flies the Spanish flag during a protest in the Bay of Gibraltar CREDIT: MARCOS MORENO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Spain will be given an effective veto over the future of Gibraltar after Brexit under plans announced by the EU.
The draft guidelines drawn up by EU leaders state that the Brexit deal will not apply to Gibraltar without an “agreement between the kingdom of Spain and the UK”.
The clause has taken British officials by surprise. One told The Telegraph it is “absolutely unacceptable” and gives Spain too much power over the future of Gibraltar.
The Queen projected on the Rock of Gibraltar CREDIT: JORGE GUERRERO/AFP
“One really wonders why the EU has thought it sensible to put in something that’s a bi-lateral issue between Spain and the UK,” they said.
Spain has already hinted that it will block any agreement on airline landing rights after Brexit, with one diplomat telling The Financial Times that a deal “cannot apply to the airport of Gibraltar”.
Andrew Rosindell, the vice chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Gibraltar, said: “An agreement without including Gibraltar means there can be no agreement.
Source By http://www.telegraph.co.uk