Spain underlines joint sovereignty demand over Gibraltar in Brexit deal

Spain has again tried to throw a spanner into the works of Brexit negotiations by making joint sovereignty over Gibraltar a key demand in an overall deal between Britain and the EU

by the commentator on 17 February 2017 21:26


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has underlined that Spain wants joint sovereignty over Gibraltar as part of Britain's overall package with the European Union after the UK leaves the 28 member bloc.

"We are going to ask that all decisions affecting Gibraltar be made bilaterally between the United Kingdom and Spain," he was quoted as saying by Agence France Presse on Friday. "I think that our proposal of shared sovereignty is quite reasonable," Rajoy added.

Spain ceded control of the strategically important Mediterranean exclave on Spain's southern tip in 1713. The treaty is non-negotiable but modern Spain regards it as an affront to national dignity despite holding exclaves of its own in Morocco just 30 miles across the sea.

Britain and Gibraltar flatly reject any compromise on the matter, and analysts say Madrid will ultimately back down in the Brexit negotiations, placing far greater importance on the status of Spanish nationals residing in the UK.

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