EU officials are meeting to finalize the Brexit treaty and to respond to Spain’s last-minute demands for a decision on future decisions on Gibraltar.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez repeated his threat to veto the agreement, which must be signed by the member states on Sunday.
No single member state has that power, but Brussels wants unanimous approval.
Treasury Minister Mel Stride said the United Kingdom would not compromise. PM Theresa May said that an agreement is “within our reach”.
However, the 26-page declaration was strongly criticized by many deputies for lack of details.
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The prime minister will receive links on the BBC News Channel and on BBC Radio 5 Live later, in a special program presented by Emma Barnett.
Ms. May addressed the media out of number 10 on Thursday after the European Council had said that the political declaration – from how trade, security and other UK-EU issues would work – had been agreed upon. At first”.
“The British people want the Brexit to be resolved, they want a good agreement that puts us on a path towards a brighter future, and they want us to unite as a country and to focus on the big issues at home, like our NHS” , said Mrs. May.
“The agreement that will allow us to do that is now within our reach.In these 72 crucial hours ahead, I will do my best to deliver it to the British people.Media legend Adam Fleming examined what is in the draft document
However, the future of Gibraltar remains a critical point.
The BBC Europe correspondent, Damian Grammaticas, said the EU is reluctant to leave its fractioning unit, moving forward without the approval of Spain, leaving the diplomats to find a solution.
“What Spain is demanding is a clear statement added to the output texts that any future agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU, such as a trade agreement, would not apply to the territory of Gibraltar, unless the United Kingdom guaranteed the explicit consent of Spain.
On Thursday night, Sanchez made a combative note in a tweet saying: “After my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain distant … If there are no changes, we will veto the Brexit.”
However, Catherine Barnard, professor of EU Law and Labor Law at Trinity College, Cambridge, told the BBC that the divorce document only had to be agreed at EU level by qualified majority, ie 20 of the 27 member states.