EU lawmakers adopt Brexit resolution, reject pro-Gibraltar hint

The European Parliament, which can veto a U.K. -EU deal, is expected to make the guarantee of full EU citizen rights a red line.

May has pressed hard for the divorce and trade deal talks to proceed in tandem but Brussels has repeatedly rebuffed her demands.

Asked whether the government had a costing for failing to win a deal, finance minister Philip Hammond said ministers were looking at a range of outcomes.

Mr Farage said that if Gibraltar becomes part of Britain, it can no longer be used as a bargaining chip in the EU-Brexit negotiations.

The document officially lays down the European Parliament's key principles and conditions for its approval of the United Kingdom's withdrawal agreement.

And the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, told MEPs that he expected the United Kingdom to return to the EU in the future, when a younger generation recognises withdrawal as "a loss of time, a waste of energy and a stupidity".

It says that MEPs are prepared to accept a transitional deal to ease the effect of Britain's exit from the EU's single market in 2019, but that it should be limited to three years. "You should be making us an offer we can't refuse to go". You know we don't have to buy German cars, we don't have to drink French wine, we don't have to eat Belgian chocolate.

"Negotiations should be transparent", the resolution reads, "Great Britain is obliged to comply with previously accepted commitments, including financial ones within the framework of European budget". "There are a lot of other people who will give that to us", the Brexiteer said.

Nigel Farage accused the parliament of "behaving like the mafia, and treating us like a hostage", adding: "We're not, we're free to go".

"A state outside the European Union cannot have the same or better conditions than a state within", said Manfred Weber (CSU), agreeing with his Social Democrat (SPD) colleague Gianni Pittella.

Guy Verhofstadt, the EU Parliament's point person for Brexit, said the U.K.'s decision to leave the bloc after more than 40 years of membership is the "sad" result of an unresolved dispute among Conservatives over ties to the rest of Europe and signaled the possibility of Britain one day seeking to rejoin the club.

He said: "Although we will be leaving the European Union, we want to forge a deep and special partnership with our friends and allies in Europe".

Particularly, UK citizens and outside observers wonder whether Britain will keep some economic ties with the European Union in the form of tariff-free trade, or whether the UK will trade with the European Union like any non-EU country under rules stipulated by the World Trade Organization. But we will never allow the division of our European Union citizens into first and second-class citizens!

  • Salvatore Jensen