Brexit FURY: Spain ‘LAND GRAB’ Gibraltar as Madrid ‘BLOCKS’ backstop compromise AGAIN

Ministers were told Spain has become a major stumbling block as Brexit discussions advance (Image: GETTY)

Ministers were told that Spain has blocked the UK’s proposals over the Irish backstop because it hopes to gain shared jurisdiction of Gibraltar. According to the Daily Telegraph, Cabinet ministers were advised that Spain has become a major stumbling block as discussions advance on the UK exiting the EU. As part of Brexit, Gibraltar will leave the EU with the UK.

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This, however, has infuriated Spain, which claims Gibraltar should now be banned from future discussions.

The move comes days after the UK, Spain and Gibraltar governments tied up a tax agreement for the disputed British overseas territory, which it was alleged would end attempts by Spain to take control of the Rock.

The agreement also applies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

A source close to Gibraltar‘s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “The Spanish cabinet is to agree measures to apply in no-deal and sign a tax agreement in relation to Gibraltar. The UK Government is expected to sign it on Monday.”

Pedro Sánchez is the Prime Minister of Spain (Image: GETTY)

There has been a long-term battle between Spain and the UK over Gibraltar with Spain claiming sovereignty over it.

Recent claims made by a source to the Daily Telegraph were announced after two of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s proposals for leaving the EU were shut down by Brussels.

The first said the Irish backstop agreement could stop if a “reasonable” manner was not being carried out by either the UK or EU.

Mr Cox told officials that a “mini backstop” could be used.

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Mr Cox told officials that a “mini backstop” could be used (Image: GETTY)

Spain had been trying to use the Brexit negotiations to force Britain to make concessions or hand Gibraltar over altogether.

Monday’s trilateral deal ensures that whatever happens with Brexit its status as a British territory with access to Spain will be respected.

Mr Cox now has five days to come up with a deal to put forward to Prime Minister Theresa May.

The deal will be considered before it goes before MPs on March 12.

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