Spain’s secret plans for Gibraltar REVEALED as Madrid draws up Brexit terms for the Rock

Theresa May and Gibraltar

Spain looks like it will block a Brexit deal that is not in Spanish interests (Getty)

 

SPAIN has laid out what it sees as non-negotiable terms in the upcoming Brexit talks which include barring Gibraltar using “unfair competitive practices” against Spanish businesses.

Spain plans to end Gibraltar’s ‘privileged’ existence as a ‘tax haven’ and has drawn up a document called ‘Negotiations on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU’ which has been sent to congress.

In the document, leaked to Spanish press, the foreign ministry makes clear that “Gibraltar is a matter of state” and that the special regime the Rock currently enjoys “is a condition that Spain had to accept at the time [1986] to be able to join the then European Communities”, given that the United Kingdom had become a member back in 1973. Continue reading

GIBRALTAR TENSIONS: Royal Navy fires warning flare at Spanish ship in British waters

Gibraltar

Gibraltar has been at the heart of a territory dispute between the UK and Spain for years

 

A ROYAL Navy patrol boat has fired three flares at a research vessel from Spain amid increasing tensions over the Rock.

Spanish oceanographers onboard research vessel Angeles Alvariño anchored in British waters as they attempted to drop a sonar buoy.

A Gibraltar Squadron speedboat was scrambled to stop them after radio contact failed.

Royal Navy ship the HMS Sabre then fired three warning flares, eventually forcing the research ship to leave. Continue reading