Spain boasts Madrid is ‘WINNING Brexit battle’ over Gibraltar after securing EU veto

Last year Spain secured a veto right over any decision made in Brexit negotiations regarding Gibraltar.

A guideline document agreed between the bloc and the UK in May enshrined that “after the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom.” 

But with the bloc’s negotiator Michel Barnier set to reaffirm Madrid’s power to interfere with the Rock, Spanish officials have claimed the move as a “victory” that gives them the advantage ahead of phase two of Brexit negotiations.

The British overseas territory has long been a source of contention for Spain, who have repeatedly attempted to challenge the region’s sovereignty since the 18th century.

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