Bookmakers refuse to be drawn into Gibraltar Brexit row

This week the Gibraltar government said it had been "shamefully singled out" for unfair treatment by European Union chiefs at the urging of Spain.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, right, and United Kingdom permanent representative to the EU Tim Barrow, left, walk by European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Counc.

Davis also spoke with other ministers in Madrid and Spanish investors in Britain and the meetings had been "very friendly and very constructive", he said.

A succession of Tories have threatened to go to war to "defend" Gibraltar, the British possession on the southern tip of the Spanish state.

The row between Britain and Spain over the post-Brexit status of Gibraltar, a British territory attached to mainland Spain, offers a glimpse of the potentially turbulent negotiations facing Britain now it has begun its formal separation from the European Union.

The suggestion reared its head after the EU's draft negotiation document gave Spain a veto over any Brexit deal impacting the Rock.

"Thirty-five-years-ago this week, another woman prime minister sent a task force half way across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country", he said, referring to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands War.

In declarations to reporters, the Spaniosh minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, showed this Monday its surprise over the tone of the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, regarding the mentioned territory of seven square kilometers.

"They do not weaken or undermine the legal basis in worldwide law for British sovereignty over Gibraltar, including British Gibraltar territorial waters".

In July, Spain's Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to protest what it described as reckless behavior by a Gibraltar police boat toward a Spanish police vessel.

"I think Spain has made a huge error of judgment not just in putting this early on, but in effect denying their own citizens the application of that deal if they work in Gibraltar going forward", said Mr Picardo. "The sovereignty of Gibraltar is unchanged and is not going to change", he said.

When asked if he could assure Gibraltar would remain under United Kingdom sovereignty, Barnier said. "Removal of the reference to Gibraltar would be a sign of good faith and good will", he said.

A Spanish warship sailed into the disputed waters of Gibraltar on Tuesday, goading Britain into a hasty interception.

"The way that the European Council has behaved in allowing Spain to single out Gibraltar in this negative way is really quite pernicious", Picardo said.

As for what Gibralter thinks, Fabian Picardo, chief minister of the territory, accused the European Union of acting like a "cuckolded husband who is taking it out on the children".

"I had a very pleasant phone call this evening with the chief minister of Gibraltar in which I reiterated my support for his position and that of the people of Gibraltar", said Mrs Foster.

  • Leroy Wright