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Spain WON’T use Brexit to take Gibraltar: U-turn on ‘punishment’ agenda against UK

SPAIN has given up on using Brexit as a means to take control of Gibraltar.

In a major boost for Theresa May, the Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has backed away from threatening to veto any deal between the UK and EU unless Gibraltar’s status was changed.The move follows the EU apparently goading Spain into pushing for sovereignty over Gibraltar by allowing it to be part of the negotiating terms in March this year.

The decision made early after the historic referendum was seen as part of a “punishment” agenda against Britain for deciding to leave the failing bloc.

Theresa MayGETTY        Spain WON’T use Brexit to take Gibraltar: U-turn on ‘punishment’ agenda against UK


Alfonso Dastis

But speaking to the Spanish ABC newspaper, Mr Dastis has said Madrid does not want to put a trade deal at risk.He said: “What I don’t want to do is jeopardise an EU-UK agreement by subjecting it to a need to alter Gibraltar’s status at the same time.”

“I won’t make an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom conditional on recovering sovereignty over Gibraltar.”

However, he made it clear that the Madrid government has not given up on taking back Gibraltar which is ceded to Britain in 1713.

GibraltarGETTY             The move follows the EU apparently goading Spain into pushing for sovereignty over Gibraltar


He said: “We will try to convince the Gibraltarians that [joint sovereignty] is a route worth exploring and that it would benefit them too.”He added: “We won’t accept any decision that undermines our claim or acknowledges the UK’s jurisdiction over any part of the territory that was not ceded under the Treaty of Utrecht.”

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said the government is committed to “fully involving Gibraltar” in the Brexit talks.

“The UK stands by its assurances to Gibraltar never to enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes,” she said.Spain has refused to renounce its claim to the Rock but the territory’s chief Fabian Picardo has repeatedly rejected any Spanish attempt to grab sovereignty.

The territory was ceded to Britain in 1713.

Gibraltar rejected the idea of Britain sharing sovereignty with Spain by 99 per cent to one per cent in a 2002 referendum.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/838050/brexit-news-latest-european-union-Gibraltar-spain

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