Spain Says EU Shouldn't Accept Brexit Text It Doesn't Endorse

Spain Says EU Shouldn't Accept Brexit Text It Doesn't Endorse

And, as a result we have given sufficient direction to our negotiators, I hope, for them to be able to resolve the remaining issues.

Merkel said Thursday at a Berlin conference of Germany's main employers' organization that "Britain's withdrawal is shaping up to be more hard than a fictitious withdrawal of another member country", simply because of the complexity of regulating the border between European Union member Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 2019 and diplomats are trying to put the finishing touches to a divorce deal and the accompanying outline of their future relationship so that European Union leaders can rubber-stamp them at a summit on Sunday.

As opposed to the withdrawal agreement, the draft declaration on future ties is a political, not a legal, text. Borrell told his EU27 counterparts that Spain's support for the exit deal is contingent on the content of the political declaration on the future ties between the two sides.

Before the start of Brexit negotiations in June 2017, the European Union agreed that no agreement between the bloc and Britain would apply to Gibraltar without Spain's approval.

"Further progress has been made", May said in a brief statement after her meeting in Brussels with Juncker, but she added that "there are some further issues that need resolution".

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"The Commission President (Jean-Claude Juncker) has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators' level and agreed in principle at political level".

As wrangling continued over issues including Gibraltar and fishing rights, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday that the text on future relations was "not there yet".

A day into Theresa May's critical week for her Brexit plans and she has seen fresh challenges materialise, from a "warning shot" over DUP support to objection from Spain on Gibraltar's treatment.

She is due to meet Juncker again on the eve of the summit, at 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Saturday, and a spokesman for Juncker said that by then there should nothing much left to sort out.

The Prime Minister struck a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the 10 DUP MPs, secured with a controversial £1 billion funding deal for Northern Ireland, after she lost her majority following the snap election in June 2017.

"Last night I spoke to the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, and I am confident that on Sunday we will be able to agree a deal that delivers for the whole United Kingdom family, including Gibraltar", she said.

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"They want a good deal that sets us on course for a brighter future. With Brexit only a few months away something has got to give", he said.

Mrs May briefed members of her cabinet on the new agreement in a conference call and will face MPs in parliament later on Thursday. "It delivers on the vote of the referendum, it brings back control of our borders, our money and our laws and it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security and protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom", she said on Thursday.

"It is vital at this crucial time for our country that MPs and the public know the full facts about the cost of Brexit and how it compares to the deal we already have inside the European Union".

The move came after reports from Brussels that the Sunday summit could be scrapped.

"The British people want this to be settled", said May.

Earlier, the BoE said it would fulfil a request from parliament's Treasury Committee to provide analysis of how the draft Brexit divorce deal "will affect the Bank's ability to deliver its statutory remits for monetary and financial stability, including in a "no deal, no transition" scenario".

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