The UK and Spain Held First Discussions on Brexit’s Fallout in Gibraltar

Spain and Britain said that they have held their first informal Brexit-related discussion last week in Madrid discussing on how the future departure of Britain from the European Union could apply to Gibraltar.

The guidelines of the European Union on negotiations for the future relationship of Britain with the bloc granted Spain with veto rights regarding the issue of Gibraltar, the tiny outcrop that is located at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula that London has controlled for three centuries against the wishes of Madrid.

Last Friday, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that some high-ranking officials from the ministry received a British delegation last Thursday. However, they did not elaborate on the matter.

The British Foreign Office said that the “informal meeting” was “productive” and that authorities of Gibraltar had been involved in setting up the meeting and were briefed regarding the matter. It added that Britain is committed to defending the priorities of Gibraltar.