Gibraltar status agreement reached in Brexit talks, says Spain
The status of Gibraltar after Brexit has been resolved, Spainâs prime minister has said.
Speaking at the conclusion of an EU leadersâ summit in Brussels, Pedro Sanchez said the issue between the Britain and Spain âis resolvedâ and âwill no longer be a problemâ for the UKâs plans to leave the EU.
Gibraltar will leave the EU along with the UK on 29 March next year.
The status of the British overseas territory on Spainâs southern coast, and that of two British sovereign areas in EU member Cyprus, will form part of any overall divorce agreement with the EU.
âGibraltar will no longer be a problem in arriving at a Brexit deal,â Mr Sanchez said.
However, he said Britain and Spain were still holding separate bilateral talks regarding Gibraltar, focusing on matters such as workers' movements across the border, environmental issues and tax affairs.
The EUâs guidelines on negotiations for Britainâs future relationship with the bloc had granted Spain veto rights over the issue of Gibraltar, making it a potential difficulty.
The tiny territory, which sits on Spainâs southern border, has been controlled by London for three centuries against Madridâs wishes.
Mr Sanchez said Britain had displayed a positive attitude towards the negotiations, but added that the two co untries had yet to sign off on any agreement.
âIf we reach an agreement [soon], great. If not, it doesnât matter because weâve got time to reach one,â he said.
Additional reporting by agenciesSource: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain