Spanish PM repeats threat to vote no to Brexit over Gibraltar

The British territory of Gibraltar could prove to be an unexpected thorn in the side of Britain’s Brexit plans

After a Reuters report that negotiators from the European Commission and Britain had agreed a draft declaration on future ties, Tusk confirmed the deal had been agreed in principle.

While Britain and the European Union are expected to rubber-stamp the Brexit deal Sunday, the pact faces significant opposition in the British parliament, which could yet vote it down, with uncertain consequences.

"The Commission president has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators' level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to the endorsement of the leaders", Tusk said.

Madrid, which has objected to part of the deal that covers future trade and security relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, has insisted that arrangements relating to Gibraltar should be discussed separately.

Theresa May met with European Commission president Jean-Claude Junker on Wednesday in an attempt to finalise details of the political declaration.

May is due to give a statement to the House of Commons at 2.30pm United Kingdom time.

They say the draft divorce deal would leave Britain tied to the bloc's rules without any say in making them.

She has been under intense pressure from all sides over the withdrawal deal, with a slew of ministers resigning in protest and some of her own party MPs launching a bid - stalled for now - to unseat her.

British Prime Minster Theresa May says Brexit is close to being a reality
British Prime Minster Theresa May says Brexit is close to being a reality

There was speculation that the Prime Minister was struggling to keep her Brexit deal alive, after she announced following her meeting with Mr Juncker that she would return to Brussels on Saturday for further talks.

Asked if she would back another referendum, like some of her fellow Remain-voting Tory MPs on the backbenches, Ms Rudd said: "I don't think we are looking at another referendum".

But spokesman Margaritis Schinas did confirm that "work is continuing" to resolve differences between London and Madrid over Gibraltar, the tiny territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula that was ceded to Britain in 1713 but is still claimed by Spain.

His words are in line with those of Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who was surprised that the divorce deal did not specifically recognize Madrid's negotiating capacity with regard to its future relationship with Gibraltar outside the EU.

Diplomats have suggested that they could add a suitable annex to the draft deal, but they want to avoid re-opening the deal to additional demands from other countries, El País adds.

Prime Minister Sanchez says any deal Spain agrees to must include clear language that states Gibraltar's future is a bilateral issue between London and Madrid, not something to be negotiated at the European Union level.

The prospect of Parliament rejecting the deal when it comes up for a vote - likely next month - has increased fears among businesses that Britain could crash out of the bloc without a plan to keep trade running smoothly.

A Spanish flag, Britain's union flag, the Gibraltarian flag and the European Union flag fly at the border of Spain with the British territory of Gibraltar as they are seen from La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain April 18, 2018.

Ivanka Trump used personal email for White House government work, report says
The Presidential Records Act requires that all White House communications and records be preserved for documentation. Trump's emails, and characterized them as containing information related mostly to logistics and personal interests.


  • Airbnb removes Israeli West Bank settlements listings

    Airbnb removes Israeli West Bank settlements listings

    For years, critics have accused Airbnb of benefiting from rentals in Jewish outposts at the center of conflict in the region. The move, which affects 200 listings, has been widely praised by Palestinians and their supporters.
    YouTube adds full-length movies to its website

    YouTube adds full-length movies to its website

    There are only about 100 movies available right now, AdAge reported, but the selection is expected to expand. The new free streaming facility also "presents a nice opportunity for advertisers", Dhawan said .
    Trump threatens to walk out of future briefings

    Trump threatens to walk out of future briefings

    The First Amendment guarantees: "Congress shall make no law prohibiting ... or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press". CNN sought an emergency hearing , saying in a Monday court filing that the administration was creating "retroactive due process".
  • PNG police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

    PNG police, soldiers storm parliament over unpaid APEC bonuses

    One of the poorest countries in the world, Papua New Guinea's biggest aid donors are now China and Australia. As in the beginning, APEC could be engaged again in an acute search for coherence.
    Redskins to sign Mark Sanchez to be backup QB

    Redskins to sign Mark Sanchez to be backup QB

    Theismann already had his career-ending injury on his mind before Smith's injury as it happened 33 years ago to the day. Sanchez, 32, spent part of last season with the Chicago Bears and has not been with a team this season.
    New Black Ops 4 PlayStation 4 bundle coming November  27 for $299

    New Black Ops 4 PlayStation 4 bundle coming November 27 for $299

    You can buy the Sony PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Spider-man bundle for less than $200 at Walmart , GameStop , and Best Buy . Now, we're going to look at the gaming consoles from Kohl's Black Friday ad, which are always some of the best deals.
  • U.S.  envoy hopes for peace deal with Taliban in 2019

    U.S. envoy hopes for peace deal with Taliban in 2019

    Khairkhwah and Fazl were among five senior Taliban members released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in 2014 in exchange for U.S.
    United States  report into Khashoggi murder will reveal ‘who did it’

    United States report into Khashoggi murder will reveal ‘who did it’

    Trump asked. "At the same time, we do have an ally, and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good". The interview marks another instance of Trump openly casting doubt on the conclusions of American intelligence agencies.
    North Korea to expel USA  citizen who 'illegally entered' country

    North Korea to expel USA citizen who 'illegally entered' country

    The South Korean presidential spokesman said Mr Xi was also willing to come to South Korea next year at a convenient time . Korean Central News Agency reported that he told investigators that he was under the "manipulation" of the USA spy agency.
  • First trial of the 2018 Jungle has both Emily and Holly screaming

    First trial of the 2018 Jungle has both Emily and Holly screaming

    Barrowman and Khan were founding members of the red team, with Simons and McVey taking on a similar role with the yellow team. Some 11 million people tuned in for the first episode - up 700,000 on a year ago , according to overnight ratings.

    Finland memes Trump for suggesting ‘raking’ stops wildfires

    Even so, Trump's leaf-raking comments were fodder for the internet, and Finnish people couldn't resist the joke opportunity. Apparently, President Sauli Niinistö never told him that " raking " prevents wildfires . "And they don't have any problem".
    Rajon Rondo of Los Angeles Lakers breaks hand, out 'a few weeks'

    Rajon Rondo of Los Angeles Lakers breaks hand, out 'a few weeks'

    The Lakers defeated the Blazers 126-117 at the Staples Center on Wednesday, winning their fourth straight game to improve to 8-6. The 32-year-old old is averaging 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 25.3 minutes per contest.


Latest news

Inside pictures from Deepika, Ranveers Bengaluru reception
Visuals from The Leela showed the grand staircase in its main hall being spruced up for the evening's celebrations. According to The Indian Express, #DeepVeer will host a reception on November 28 and a wedding party on December 1.

Moroccan woman ‘murdered lover, sold remains as meat dish’ in UAE
Following her arrest, the woman was sent to a hospital for a check up to determine if she's suffering from a mental illness. She reportedly said she had enlisted the help of a friend to help clear up her apartment after the killing.

DON'T EAT ROMAINE LETTUCE: Canadians, Americans warned of E. coli
According to the CDC, people typically get sick from the Shiga toxin-producing E.coli 2 to 8 days after ingesting the germ. Acting on the CDC's recommendation, grocers nationwide are pulling suspect romaine lettuce product from store shelves.

Forecasters warn Thanksgiving could be the coldest on record
Thursday, the forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud, starting off with a wind chill of -21 C and -12 in the afternoon. Enjoy a cool fall evening across the entire area as temperatures slowly fall from the 50s into the 40s as the sun sets.

Kemba Walker drops 103 points in two games
While Simmons' teammate Joel Embiid threw down 33 points with 11 rebounds, it was one of his opponents that sparkled in the game. Said Butler: "I didn't think (Walker) would settle for a jump shot in that moment".

No Proof Of Fraud By Carlos Ghosn In France: Government
The current head of Renault Sport Racing, Jerome Stoll, also reports directly to Ghosn in the company's hierarchy. But experts said it is unlikely he will be able to stay on there or at Renault, where he is also chief executive.

BCCI announce 12-man squad for 1st T20I against Australia
After the three-match T20I series, India and Australia will play the iconic Border-Gavaskar Test series from December 6, 2018. Shastri refused to believe that Australian team has lost its aura after what all happened during the past few months.

Djokovic sets sights on 2019 after ‘phenomenal season’
And he's returning well, which definitely makes life hard , but that's why he's one of the best players of all time". A backhand victor on the run drifted past the helpless Djokovic and Zverev sunk to the ground in tears.

Oil prices drop as broad market sell-off outweighs supply concerns
"We lack any certainty other than that the market is oversupplied in the USA and everybody else is trying to deal with it". IEA's Birol also continued to warn OPEC and its partners against the impact of resuming supply cuts.

Netanyahu says new elections would be 'irresponsible'
The crisis was set into motion with Lieberman's resignation over the ceasefire, which he labelled "capitulating to terror". The security of the nation is beyond politics, and the security of the nation is also beyond personal considerations".

Pakistan 37-0 after set 176 to win first Test
Yasir and Bilal Asif continued to bowl well, causing problems for the batsmen on a dry, turning surface. He reviewed Bruce Oxenford's decision but the television replays upheld the decision.

Van Drew Signs Letter Committing to Oppose Pelosi as Speaker
Pelosi was speaker from 2007 through 2010 when Democrats briefly held the majority and has been the party's leader since 2003. Pelosi would be unable to secure the House Speaker position if 17 Democrats vote against her on the floor.

F3 driver Sophia Floersch fractures her spine in horror crash
The incident prompted an immediate red flag and a delay of more than an hour before the race was restarted. She took to Twitter to provide everyone on her condition and thank everyone for their support.

Finland's president rakes memory for source of Trump wildfire remark
Thousands of firefighters are working to bring the fire under control and full containment is expected by the end of the month. The Butte County disaster coincided with a flurry of smaller blazes in southern California, including the Woolsey Fire .

Microsoft reportedly working on a low cost - no disk drive Xbox One
Microsoft is reportedly building a new Xbox device that doesn't have a disc drive and costs less than today's Xbox One S. Before those new consoles can arrive, however, Microsoft might be planning another hardware revision for the Xbox One.

Other news