European leaders have endorsed a joint negotiating position on Brexit, including the controversial Spanish veto over the application of any future U.K./EU trade deal to Gibraltar. The 27 remaining members states formally agreed their talks strategy at a special European Council meeting in Brussels.
Council president Donald Tusk tweeted the outcome of their discussions, saying: “Guidelines adopted unanimously. EU 27 firm and fair political mandate for the Brexit talks is ready.”
Speaking after the EU summit, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was “plainly obvious” that the EU would include Spain’s Gibraltar veto in its negotiating guidelines.
Reacting to the news, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said the EU had included the Gibraltar clause “at the express insistence” of Spain’s Partido Popular government, a move that would come as no surprise to the people of Gibraltar.
”The treatment proposed for Gibraltar by clause 24 of the guidelines is discriminatory and unfair,” Mr Picardo said. “It flies in the face of the principle of sincere cooperation which the EU is committed to and which it repeats elsewhere in the guidelines.”
Mr Picardo added: “The people of Gibraltar are clear and united in not accepting any attempts by the Spanish Government to advance its stale sovereignty claim.”
“That will not stop us from continuing to seek dialogue with our neighbour, but never on matters which impinge on sovereignty, jurisdiction or control.”
“Gibraltar is leaving the European Union with the United Kingdom.” “Our future beyond the EU will be a prosperous and international one in respect of which the Spanish Government will have no say or veto.”
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GordoApr 30th, 2017 - 08:37 pm +3
Must admit I am coming round to the same opinion. I was pro-Europe until this round of nastiness started.
Spain can say bye-bye to fishing in UK (Scottish waters) if this is their attitude. As to their fruit and veg. that can be obtained elsewhere. Where are they going to sell it ?
From what I see in the supermarkets, we seem to get a lot from South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and other African/Asian sources. They would be more than happy to sell us more if EU quotas no longer applied. Wine is easily obtained as there is a glut in the EU.
Anyway Australian, S.African and Chilean could make up any shortfall.
Bring it on !
Many of us in the UK voted to remain to remain. However, having now seen the posture of the 27 against Britain I have now changed my mind and believe the soon we leave the UE the better,Apr 30th, 2017 - 04:56 pm +2
What a collection of nasty immature people they are!
PM Rajoy- Gibraltar this is the such territory in Europe and that affects to our own integrity territorial, said the Mr Rajoy, saying that Britain had ignored the mandate of the Assembly General of the UN. (Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2013).Apr 30th, 2017 - 07:12 pm +2
According to Rajoy & Co this puts a stop to the people of Gibraltar claiming self-determination. Hm.
Gibraltar – Territorial Integrity: https://www.academia.edu/29347730/Gibraltar_-Territorial_Integrity