[Ed. – To satisfy Spain, the deal needs explicit language stating that Gibraltar is to be negotiated bilaterally. Actually, if I were Spain, I would demand the same thing. Although the Spanish can’t actually veto Brexit, per se, they can veto EU trade deals with the UK — which will be the first order of post-Brexit business.]
Spain pushed Friday for a cast-iron guarantee of its say over the future of Gibraltar as a condition for backing a divorce agreement between Britain and European Union, as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May battled to win approval for the deal from skeptical politicians and a Brexit-weary populace.
Spain’s leader warned he would oppose the deal, which lays out the terms of Britain’s departure in March and sets up a framework for future relations, if language wasn’t added on Gibraltar, the disputed territory at the tip of the Iberian peninsula.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez — who is due to join other EU leaders at a Brussels summit on Sunday to rubber-stamp the deal — tweeted that Britain and Spain “remain far away” on the issue and “if there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”