Spain’s PM Pedro Sanchez ready to vote ‘no’ in spat over Gibraltar

Spain PM Pedro Sanchez Threatens Brexit Deal Over Gibraltar

The draft declaration was agreed upon at a technical level by negotiators and endorsed Thursday by the European Commission, the EU's executive arm which is overseeing Brexit negotiations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes Spanish reservations about the status of Gibraltar after Britain leaves the European Union can be overcome by the time EU leaders meet Sunday to sign off on the draft Brexit deal.

Tusk said in a Tweet Thursday that "the (EU) Commission President has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators' level and agreed in principle at political level".

While the declaration has no legal weight, May will hope that ardent Brexiteers will be appeased by references to Britain developing "an independent trade policy" and spelling out an end to free movement of citizens between the European Union and United Kingdom - two of the key demands of the Leave campaign.

May travels to Brussels on Wednesday to try to overcome this and other outstanding issues in talks with European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.

May is due to make a statement to lawmakers in the House of Commons later Thursday.

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That means Spain alone can not block the deal, which in any event has yet to be debated and approved the UK Parliament, where Prime Minister Theresa May faces tough opposition to the text.

In London, May's spokesman said: "The draft withdrawal agreement agreed last week covers Gibraltar".

Sanchez's minority Socialist government has been criticised by the main opposition conservative Popular Party for not using the Brexit negotiations to press Madrid's claims over Gibraltar.

As opposed to the withdrawal agreement, the draft declaration on future ties is a political, not a legal, text.

The prime minister has repeatedly said the choice is between her deal and no-deal.

She told the German Parliament: "We have placed value, and I think this is right, on the fact that Britain can not decide unilaterally when it ends the state of the customs union, but that Britain must decide this together with the EU".

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Sunday's summit is meant to conclude almost two years of complex and often acrimonious negotiations on how Britain and the European Union will function after their March 29 divorce.

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Spain's goal is to get a provision in the agreement that would guarantee that the future bilateral trade relationship between the Eu and United Kingdom will not apply to Gibraltar without Madrid's approval. Diplomats warned, however, that the longer the Brexit deal remained unfinished, the bigger the risk it could unravel.

But Spain wants to retain what it sees as its right to negotiate the future on Gibraltar with Britain on a bilateral basis, giving it an effective veto.

His words are in line with those of Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who was surprised that the divorce deal did not specifically recognize Madrid's negotiating capacity with regard to its future relationship with Gibraltar outside the EU.

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