Brexit deal: Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has reservations

People coming from Spain cross the airport tarmac at Gibraltar to take part in National Day celebrations in the British territory

People coming from Spain cross the airport tarmac at Gibraltar to take part in National Day celebrations in the British territory

United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May refused to answer the question of whether Britain would be better off with her Brexit deal or staying as a member of the European Union.

During a public phone-in on BBC Radio 5Live, the PM was asked three times to clarify whether she would stake her premiership on the result of the parliamentary vote. "There are alternative arrangements that can be put in place without the need for the backstop", he said. I'm thinking about getting a deal through that is good for the country.

However, on Tuesday, it said there was a problem with the main body of the text of the draft Brexit deal. Without its approval, Britain could leave the bloc on March 29 without an agreement to mitigate economic and legal disruption.

Unlike the much-discussed issue of avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, not much has been said publicly about Gibraltar during tense months of Brexit talks.

Although the Brexit deal could still secure passage with a qualified majority despite opposition from Spain, sources within the delegation that has traveled to Cuba with Sánchez said it would be "unthinkable" for the withdrawal agreement to go ahead "without the consensus of the 27".

Raab's resignation precipitated a host of others, including former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, but despite a raft of no confidence letters being submitted over May;s premiership, no vote on her future as Tory party leader has yet been triggered.

Spain can expect its European allies to swing more clearly behind its 300-year-old claims to sovereignty over "The Rock", a British naval base on its southern coast that is home to some 30,000 people whose economy faces major questions after Brexit.

Spanish premier Pedro Sanchez demanded last-minute changes to the deal to reflect Spain's continuing concerns over the status of Gibraltar.

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In the radio interview today, May urged MPs to approve the Brexit deal agreement the summit on Sunday.

"After my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain far away".

Both British and European Union negotiators say the withdrawal agreement will not change at this stage, but a spokesman for Number 10 had earlier said: "We will work with the governments of Gibraltar and Spain on our future relationship". "If there are no changes, we will veto Brexit", he tweeted as he landed in Havana for a two-day visit to Cuba. At the Sunday summit, both parties hope to sign off on both the 585-page Brexit withdrawal agreement and the updated political declaration. My Government will always defend the interests of Spain.

A spokeswoman said: "The Withdrawal Agreement isn't being reopened".

Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo criticised Spain's stance.

Visiting Cuba, Sanchez said that if the Gibraltar row is not resolved, he might not go to Brussels on Sunday, warning: "If there's no agreement, it's very clear that will happen, there very probably won't be a European Council".

Friends of Andrea Leadsom said she had no plans to campaign for the agreement, and allies of Michael Gove suggested he would be willing to promote those aspects of the deal that cover his brief of fishing and farming, but not the wider package.

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