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Spain claims success in Gibraltar row with Britain

Brussels - Spain has claimed victory in an argument with Britain over the status of Gibraltar, after the European Parliament passed a law that referred to the peninsula as a “colony of the British Crown”

Brussels - Spain has claimed victory in an argument with Britain over the status of Gibraltar, after the European Parliament passed a law that referred to the peninsula as a “colony of the British Crown”.

The row may be a foretaste of Britain’s diminished heft once it leaves the European Union, which is always likely to take the side of a member against a non-member. The reference upset London and held up the bill, already approved by the EU executive, which guarantees that Britons will be able to visit the European Union for up to 90 days without visas even if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, as long as Britain reciprocates.

A Spanish government spokesman said it was “the first time that the European Parliament and the ... member states have recognized that Gibraltar is a colony”, and “a great step forward for the position and claims made by Spain”.

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