Gibraltar will not be a victim of Brexit and has experienced assures from the British federal government it will not do a trade deal with the European Union which would not include the territory, its chief minister reported on Sunday.
LONDON: Gibraltar will not be a victim of Brexit and has experienced assures from the British federal government it will not do a trade deal with the European Union which would not include the territory, its chief minister reported on Sunday.
The future of Gibraltar, a rocky enclave on the southern tip of Spain captured by Britain in 1704, and its 30,000 inhabitants is established to be a significant position of rivalry in Brexit negotiations.
The EU annoyed Britain and Gibraltar in April by providing Spain a ideal of veto about the territory’s publish-Brexit romance with the bloc.
Gibraltar, which Spain would like back again, voted strongly in favour of remaining in the EU at very last year’s referendum but is dedicated to staying section of Britain.
Gibraltar’s Main Minister Fabian Picardo explained to Sky News he experienced experienced “forged iron assurances” from Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis that the federal government would not do a trade deal with the EU if it did not include Gibraltar.
“I am the backbone of this negotiation for Gibraltar and the backbone is made of limestone rock, it is not likely to be uncomplicated to buckle on that. We can have the War of the Summer time, the War of the Autumn or the War of the Winter, if you like, on that, Gibraltar is not likely to transform its placement,” he reported.
“It is our obligation now to energetically and enthusiastically go after the consequence of the referendum and supply a thriving Brexit. We’re not likely to get in the way of Brexit but we’re not likely to be the victims of Brexit.”
During a point out take a look at to Britain this week, Spain’s King Felipe reported he was self-confident an satisfactory arrangement could be worked out with Britain about the future of Gibraltar, but Key Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman reported the topic experienced not occur up throughout their bilateral assembly.
“There is not likely to be any new arrangements in relation to the sovereignty of Gibraltar, that is likely to continue being 100 per cent British,” Picardo reported.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, enhancing by David Evans)