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Spain will not put Gibraltar at the centre of Brexit negotiations

Friday, January 27th 2017 - 10:59 UTC
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Spain will not put Gibraltar at the centre of Brexit negotiations, the country’s Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis Quecedo, said in an interview with the Financial Times. Dastis Quecedo told the newspaper that the EU should start trade talks with Britain relatively soon and had no plan to impose a “punitive” Brexit deal that would weaken London as a financial centre. Read full article


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  • Brit Bob

    Is there a Spanish claim to the Rock?

    Gibraltar – Some Relevant International Law:


    Jan 27th, 2017 - 11:14 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • gordo1

    Spain has to tread very carefully - problems may arise with Cataluña.

    Jan 27th, 2017 - 12:33 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Pete Bog


    I have the impression that Dastis might have looked into the problems with pushing a sovereignty claim, bearing in mind the amount of produce Spain exports to the UK, the Spanish workers benefitting from the Gibraltarian economy, the possibility of a strong Morroccan claim to Ceuta and Melila, the likelihood (but not certainty) that Trump may back the UK like no US president before. But importantly your point, re: Cataluna should be uppermost in his mind.

    Jan 27th, 2017 - 02:32 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • gordo1

    Pete Bog

    And, of course, not least the number of tourists from the United Kingdom who spend millions of Euros every year.

    Jan 27th, 2017 - 05:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Spain will not ?
    Spain-cannot , and will not do anything.

    Jan 27th, 2017 - 07:42 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Englander

    Certainly a lot of Spanish produce in Marks and Spencer.

    Jan 27th, 2017 - 10:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brasherboot

    Spain's dependence on the UK is being laid bare.

    Any new Spanish foreign investments are targeted at the UK. UK tourism is a massive revenue earner to them.

    Any disruption to that means real financial problems to Spain.

    The EU is waking up to a very hard realisation that the UK is not to be trifled with.

    Jan 28th, 2017 - 08:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vaca_Muerta_peTroLLium

    I think he just knows the UK is breaking up and ceasing to exist.

    Self-determination, and “the people decide” mantra the UK claims to champion in their dealings with other countries is incompatible with their sudden needs to have London have a central controlling role in the years of great change ahead, where you need one voice and one command center in the negotiations that will occur with nations and blocks all over the world.

    It is just an incompatible situation, and the UK will just bite the dust in the next quarter century or so.

    Jan 28th, 2017 - 10:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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