British politicians today insisted they would not be “bullied” over the future of Gibraltar as Spain launched a shameless attempt to exploit Brexit and seize back the Rock.
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Madrid signalled it could look to browbeat the tiny territory into submission and force it to switch allegiances by starving its people and business of access to the single market.
This morning it emerged the Spanish have secured a special veto over Gibraltar’s future relationship with Europe, meaning it can prevent any post-Brexit trade deal with the UK from applying there.
The bombshell clause, buried deep in the EU’s negotiating guidelines, caught British officials completely by surprise and is already threatening to sour the start of the divorce negotiations.
British politicians reacted with understandable outrage:
He fumed: “An agreement without including Gibraltar means there can be no agreement. British people must and will stand together, we cannot be bullied by Spain.
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