European Parliament's Resolution on Brexit Talks Eschews Mention of Gibraltar
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 0:20
Concern over immigration from the European Union was a major reason behind Britain's vote to leave and May has said she will respect those fears by not seeking membership of Europe's single market which would mean allowing freedom of movement of people.
The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator said the United Kingdom must settle the details of its divorce from the EU before discussing any future free-trade deal or risk crashing out without an accord, in a rebuff to Prime Minister Theresa May.
This was after the Gibraltar government said that the ship had sailed into the Rock's territorial waters without permission. The spokeswoman declined to say if Gibraltar would make a formal protest to Spain over the incident.
Spain, which has for centuries demanded a return of sovereignty over the enclave on its southern tip, doesn't recognize Gibraltar's territorial waters.
A spokesman for the government of Gibraltar said: "Today's illegal incursion by a Spanish naval vessel is a timely demonstration of the way in which Spain routinely conducts itself in breach of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea".
The territory was ceded to Britain in 1713 as part of the Treaty of Utrecht.
The European Parliament omitted to mention the topic of Gibraltar in its red lines for Brexit negotiations on Wednesday, after heated debate on the British outcrop bordering Spain.
After an European Union document suggested that Spain would be given a say on post-Brexit agreements governing the Rock, Tory peer Lord Howard said he was certain that the Prime Minister would be ready to defend the Rock as Margaret Thatcher did the Falklands.
The Daily Mail have got very excited that the British Navy has small boats, and sometimes large Spanish boats enter British waters.
Spain's prime minister didn't mention Gibraltar, a source of heightened tension between Madrid and London.
Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo called on the draft guidelines to be removed, saying the territory's 30,000 residents would not "tolerate being a bargaining chip or a victim" for Brexit negotiations.
A spokesman for Spain's foreign ministry denied that the vessel had made an illegal incursion yesterday.