UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Spain will vote against the draft agreement on the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union due to the fact that the document in its current form does not clearly define the question of Gibraltar – British ownership on the Iberian Peninsula, which Spain would like to return.
This was reported on Thursday by Reuters news agency citing a diplomatic source.
According to him, the Spanish side would like to see in the text of the agreement a clear indication that a decision on the issue of Gibraltar should be reached by London and Madrid on a bilateral basis.
European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Thursday that the controversial issue of Gibraltar, because of which Spain could block an agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, has not yet been resolved by member states.
Earlier, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said that his country could vote against the agreement between the UK and the EU on Brexit, if the text of the draft of this document will not be amended in the part relating to Gibraltar.
On November 14, the British Cabinet agreed on a draft agreement on the terms of Brexit, which now has to be approved along with a political declaration at an emergency EU summit on November 25. In order for the transaction to take effect, it must then be approved by both the European Parliament and the British lawmakers.
Negotiations between London and Brussels on the conditions under which the UK leaves the EU began on June 19, 2017 in the Belgian capital. The year before, a referendum on the issue in the United Kingdom won with a score of 51.9% against 48.1% against opponents of European integration.
Formally, Brexit will take place on March 29, 2019, after which, according to the plan, a transitional period should begin, which will last until the end of 2020.
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