EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has clearly signaled his intention to back Spain in any future sovereignty dispute with the UK over the island of Gibraltar following his meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid.

And media reports in Spain have suggested Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the EU will contain a specific protocol relating to Rock which could end its status as offshore tax haven.

Mr. Barnier, who is gearing up for tomorrow’s EU summit in Salzburg which will be attended by leaders from across the bloc, met with Mr. Sanchez at his official residence, the Moncloa Palace in Madrid yesterday.

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