Brussels said on Monday that Gibraltar will have a separate trade agreement with Spain as they published their negotiating guidelines.
Gibraltar will not be included in the scope of any discussions between the EU and the UK as sperate agreements will have to be agreed with Spain.
Michel Barnier said on Monday that Spain will have veto over arrangements relating to claims to the territory, it claims sovereignty over.
Barnier said, “There will be a separate, parallel table and the Kingdom of Spain will have to be involved and give its agreement to all the elements in a specific agreement on Gibraltar.”
In simple terms Gibraltar will have to seek the consent from Spain separately, over any trade deal as per the European Council minutes of November 2018.
This caused an instant flashpoint between the prime minister and the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintained their position and that the territory will not be excluded.
Boris Johnson said on Monday, “The UK will be negotiating on behalf of the entire UK family and that certainly includes Gibraltar and the sovereignty of Gibraltar remains, as everybody knows, indivisible.”
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