12th February 2020, 18:25
The Spanish MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons has told the European Parliament that Spain will defend its own priorities post-Brexit including the ‘decolonisation of Gibraltar’. This comes as the European Parliament today voted to support a Resolution on the EU's future relationship with the UK which includes Spain's right to veto any agreement between the EU and the UK over Gibraltar. This formed part of the text embracing the key positions of EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier.
In the first plenary session since the UK left the EU, the remaining 27 members set out their demands ahead of talks on the future UK-EU relationship.
Spanish MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons predictably wasted no time in the EU's plenary session to call for the decolonisation of Gibraltar and to remind his fellow MEPs that Brexit means Brexit.
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the resolution on the package of measures, which includes a paragraph upholding its veto over Gibraltar in future negotiations. 543 voted in favour, 39 against, and 69 abstained.
Meanwhile, the EU has updated its map, with the UK no longer on there. The EU’s negotiating mandate could be revised again before the EU-27 are scheduled to sign it off on 25 February with talks on the future relationship expected to start in March.
The EU’s negotiating mandate could be revised again before the EU-27 are scheduled to sign it off on 25 February with talks on the future relationship expected to start in March.
Meanwhile the EU's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier warned that there would be no special deal on financial services with the City of London. He said the UK should "not kid themselves” that Brussels will agree to open-ended ongoing equivalence. His comments came as documents photographed by the UK press revealed that the UK is seeking 'permanent equivalence' in financial services for 'decades to come'. For his part, Boris Johnson has reportedly dismissed several of the EU's demands already, saying he wants the UK to break free form the Block's rule book.