Spain has threatened to call off Sunday’s EU summit on Brexit unless an agreement is made with the UK over Gibraltar.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told a news conference on Friday: “If there is no deal, it’s obvious that what will happen is that the European Council will most likely not take place.”

It comes as DUP leader Arlene Foster warned that the deal propping up Theresa May’s administration would be at risk if the prime minister’s Brexit deal is passed.

She told BBC Radio Ulster’s Inside Politics: “If she is successful in parliament, and there is no evidence that she is going to be successful in parliament, then of course we will have to revisit the confidence and supply agreement.

Philip Hammond meets Arlene Foster in Belfast



Chancellor Philip Hammond meets DUP leader Arlene Foster in Belfast as the government looks at ways to provide extra assurances over the Irish border backstop.

“That agreement was about giving national stability, it was acting in the national interest and delivering on Brexit.

“If this is not going to deliver on Brexit then of course that brings us back to the situation of looking at the confidence and supply agreement, but we are not there yet and we are not going to jump ahead until we see what happens in parliament.”

Spain raised the last-minute obstacle for Mrs May by vowing to “veto Brexit” over the issue of Gibraltar, with Madrid demanding a written UK promise on the peninsula, known as The Rock, before Sunday’s summit.

It is pushing for a say over the future of Gibraltar as a condition for backing a divorce agreement between Britain and the EU.

Spain asks for changes to both the draft withdrawal treaty and the accompanying declaration on future ties to spell
out that any decisions about Gibraltar would only be taken together with Madrid.

The EU leaders would expect to endorse the treaty and approve the declaration by consensus at Sunday’s summit – meaning Spain in effect has the power to hold up the process.

Mr Sanchez said on Thursday: “After my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain
far away,” adding: “If there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”

Mrs May’s spokeswoman said the prime minister would work with the Spanish government on Gibraltar.

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