Gibraltar will not be a sufferer of Brexit and has had assures from the British government it will not do a trade deal with the European Union which isn’t going to include things like the territory, its main minister claimed on Sunday.
LONDON: Gibraltar will not be a sufferer of Brexit and has had assures from the British government it will not do a trade deal with the European Union which isn’t going to include things like the territory, its main minister claimed on Sunday.
The long run of Gibraltar, a rocky enclave on the southern tip of Spain captured by Britain in 1704, and its thirty,000 inhabitants is set to be a big issue of contention in Brexit negotiations.
The EU annoyed Britain and Gibraltar in April by providing Spain a right of veto above the territory’s put up-Brexit connection with the bloc.
Gibraltar, which Spain desires back, voted strongly in favour of remaining in the EU at final year’s referendum but is dedicated to keeping section of Britain.
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo instructed Sky News he had had “forged iron assurances” from Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis that the government would not do a trade deal with the EU if it did not include things like Gibraltar.
“I’m the backbone of this negotiation for Gibraltar and the backbone is produced of limestone rock, it is not heading to be straightforward to buckle on that. We can have the War of the Summer, the War of the Autumn or the War of the Winter season, if you like, on that, Gibraltar is not heading to modify its placement,” he claimed.
“It is our obligation now to energetically and enthusiastically pursue the outcome of the referendum and produce a effective Brexit. We are not heading to get in the way of Brexit but we’re not heading to be the victims of Brexit.”
During a state take a look at to Britain this 7 days, Spain’s King Felipe claimed he was confident an appropriate arrangement could be labored out with Britain above the long run of Gibraltar, but Primary Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman claimed the subject had not appear up for the duration of their bilateral assembly.
“There is not heading to be any new preparations in relation to the sovereignty of Gibraltar, that is heading to stay one hundred p.c British,” Picardo claimed.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, enhancing by David Evans)