Gibraltar compromise clears the way for Brexit deal
Theresa May will win unanimous support from her EU counterparts for the Brexit deal after an eleventh-hour compromise over Gibraltar.
Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez had threatened to veto the deal at Sunday's summit after claiming it reneged on a previous commitment over the future of 'the Rock.'
He failed to get the substance of the deal changed, but climbed down on Saturday afternoon after receiving written assurances from the UK government and European commission.
The compromise brokered during through-the-night talks saw the green light given to Sunday's emergency European Council, where the likes of German chancellor Angela Merkel will wave through the Brexit deal which has been negotiated over the last 18 months.
"We have received sufficient guarantees to be able to reach a solution to a conflict that has lasted more than 300 years between the United Kingdom and Spain," Sanchez told reporters in Madrid.
He made the statement after confirming his support for the deal in telephone calls to EU leaders.
European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the compromise reached was the result of "solidarity, determination and dialogue."
I just spoke to Prime Minister @sanchezcastejon. Solidarity, determination and dialogue are the European way of finding solutions.— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) November 24, 2018
The green light from Madrid allowed Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council who will chair Sunday's summit, to formally recommend the deal.
In an invitation letter to the leaders of the EU 27 countries, Tusk said "no-one will have reasons to be happy" on Sunday, but concluded: "I believe that we have finally found the best possible compromise."
- This article first appeared on Yahoo