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Gibraltar leaders reaffirm support to UK

Gibraltarthe major focus of Spain  prevented the  European Union on to finalise a draft Article 50 deal on Friday, November 23 to pave the way for endorsement of the document during the UK-EU27 leaders’ summit on Sunday, November 25. The complications over Gibraltar raised a wave of doubts of possibility to sign any withdrawal agreement already shrouded in pessimism.

Although EU diplomats are desperately trying to resolve the problem, continuing to search for rapprochement, the independent experts are increasingly skeptical about capacities of Pedro Sánchez Socialist government to accept a compromise.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has vowed to “veto Brexit” if the terms of the Brexit deal has no amendments depiciting Spanish concerns about negotiations over the future of Gibraltar.

After my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain far away,” Sánchez communicated in his Twitter microblog. “My government will always defend the interests of Spain. If there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”

We are an optimistic and a positive community, [but] there is growing concern amongst many in the community as to what positive measures have been secured for Gibraltar as a result of this process for which the Chief Minister and his team are said to have worked day and night on, for the last two years,” said Elliott Phillips, the Leader of the Opposition in Gibraltar.

Earlier the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo supported the UK government Brexit position, although he cricitised the decision to leave the EU as such.“Brexit is a bad thing for the whole of Europe,” Mr Picardo said.

Brexit without an agreement for orderly agreed withdrawal would be even worse for the whole of Europe” Picardo continuded. “And for us, Brexit is as bad an idea today in reality as when it was in theory at the time of the Referendum.”

But so for us, it is always best that we stick with Britain despite Brexit” he concluded.

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Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party pledged to use its 10 votes in parliament to support the cause of Gibraltar if necessary.

The European Union is trying to reach a compromise between Madrid  and London over the future of the British overseas territory to stop Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez from blocking an agreement on Artilce 50, paving the way to orderly withdrawal of Britons.

Gibraltar is British and we will use our voices and our votes in parliament to stand with British Gibraltar,” Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said, addressing the party’s annual conference in Belfast.

Gibraltar denies any concessions of sovereignty

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo denied any concessions made as a result of Brexit talks. In a statement issued by the HM Government it is underlined that there will be “no concessions in terms of sovereignty, jurisdiction or control”. The statement came in a form of a correction of some ‘leaks’ to Spanish media.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Britain’s Theresa May on expressed confidence that progress will be made on Brexit and on the situation of Gibraltar once the UK leaves the European Union, El Pais reports.

Speaking at a press conference following a two-day Summit of the European leaders in Brussels, Sánchez confirmed that a special protocol on the British Overseas Territory due to be annexed to the UK/EU Article 50 Agreement is ready.

Gibraltar embraces Brexit as opportunity

This week Gibraltar enthusiastically celebrated  holiday commemorates the 1967 referendum where residents overwhelmingly voted to remain under British rule, confirming it  will embrace Brexit as an opportunity.

“Today as we mark Gibraltar National Day I can assure you that this will not change as we leave the European Union” – said Prime minister Theresa May in a special address.

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said he would fight to turn the “Brexit” challenge into a Brexit win”, adding the UK exit from the EU would “neither defeat nor define Gibraltar”.

 

No Brexit deal without Gibraltar

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said he  had “cast iron assurances” from Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis that the government would not do a trade deal with the EU if it did not include Gibraltar.

“I’m the backbone of this negotiation for Gibraltar and the backbone is made of limestone rock, it’s not going to be easy to buckle on that. We can have the War of the Summer, the War of the Autumn or the War of the Winter, if you like, on that, Gibraltar is not going to change its position,” he said to SkyNews programme.

“It’s our obligation now to energetically and enthusiastically pursue the result of the referendum and deliver a successful Brexit. We’re not going to get in the way of Brexit but we’re not going to be the victims of Brexit.”