The push to seal an agreement over Britain’s departure from the European Union won’t be held up by wrangling over the future of Gibraltar, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in an interview with Bloomberg this week.
Gibraltar’s 2.2 billion pound services economy is reliant on workers coming from Spain for about 50 percent of its labor force, providing critical jobs for Spanish towns close to the border.
The U.K. and the EU are preparing for a special summit to sign the Brexit deal in November and the meeting could be announced within days.
Under the terms of the EU guidelines for the Brexit negotiations, Spain has a veto on whether the terms of any deal will also apply to Gibraltar.
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