May to meet Juncker for final Brexit talksEuropost
British PM Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Wednesday evening to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as part of talks on future ties after Brexit, her office said on Tuesday. May and Juncker would sit down at 5:30 p.m., the Commission said.
EU Member States are expected to finalise their work on a political declaration on the bloc's future ties with Britain after Brexit. National envoys are due to meet the Commission’s negotiators on Tuesday evening to discuss a text. The declaration is to accompany the UK's withdrawal agreement which EU leaders hope to rubber-stamp at a summit this Sunday, which May will also attend.
Reaching final deal is still uncertain as Spain vowed to vote against the draft on Sunday unless it is modified to make clear that the future of the disputed British territory of Gibraltar relies on talks between Madrid and London, PM Pedro Sanchez said.
Spain's demands on Gibraltar are the latest push by EU states to obtain more on national interests ahead, but diplomats said there was little concern these would scupper prospects for a deal. According to EU rules, the withdrawal treaty is adopted by qualified majority but not unanimity, and a single state like Spain cannot block it.