The Irish is that Britain has spent months trying to walk around the brochit federation, Michel Barnier, and get used…
The Irish is that Britain has spent months trying to walk around the brochit federation, Michel Barnier, and get used to friendly countries like the Netherlands and Germany for support in the negotiations, a failure that failed and annoyed other Member States. But now that the bloc’s other member states are more directly involved, they raise objections to what they see as a bargain for Britain, all that is not reversed.
“There is a strong frustration against Britain and a new readiness to express it in France and Spain,” said Simon Tilford, a British economist and expert in Europe. “But this is just the recall agreement, so it’s a little hard to understand why governments are frustrated. The agreement only opens the way to transition and negotiations on a future arrangement with guarantees for Ireland, that’s all.”
Inside she moved to Brussels, Mrs May said to British legislators rejecting her business would mean “more uncertainty, more sharing, or it can not risk any Brexit at all.”
The last warning was also stressed by Amber Rudd, who has been reunited in cabinet. “I think people will look carefully over the abyss,” Rudd said to Parliament, “and consider if they think it’s in the best interests of the country.” If they are not careful, she said “Brexiters can lose their Brexit.”
Gibraltar has long been a tower in the relationship between London and Madrid – and the border that divides Rock and Spain’s mainland was completely closed under part of Franco’s dictatorship. More recently, the border crossing has been a problem, with Britain’s break in Brussels delineating border controls that Madrid has justified as part of its attempt to combat smuggling, especially of tobacco. Britain and Spain have also engaged in similar feuding access to Gibraltar’s territorial waters.
Spain claims that Gibraltar is a colonial relic that Britain will return, just as it did to Minorca, the island it also formally took over as part of the 1713 treaty in Utrecht. But Britain notes that the inhabitants of Gibraltar have voted overwhelmingly in favor of remaining British, including in a referendum from 2002