Spain claimed that they will not approve the withdrawal draft of Brexit deal without absolute clarification about the prospective status of Gibraltar. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell urged that the territory were “separate negotiations”. He said in a meeting with EU ministers that the country will not approve the draft of Brexit deal without any clarification.
Spain professes a claim on Gibraltar which has waived to British Crown under the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht.
Across the Brexit conference, Spain, including Ireland and Cyprus has organized the different talks with the UK on the specific border issues.
Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo commented in Tweet responding to the comments of Spain defining the position, “does little to build mutual confidence and trust going forward”.
184 number article of the draft of Brexit deal claims between the official date of withdrawal on 29th March of 2019 and the end of the conversion period in December in 2020, UK and EU will seek to “negotiate rapidly the agreements governing their future relationship”.
Spain persists to discuss on the future bilateral status of the peninsula with the UK and claiming the clarity that the draft deal will allocate to do so. In the meantime, a representative of UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the draft deal compensate Gibraltar, as well as “the other overseas territories and the crown dependencies. We will get a deal that works for the whole UK family”.
Although Spain waived the peninsula to the British Crown under the Treaty of Utrecht 1731 but has tried to get back it several times.