May to meet Rajoy in Madrid for crunch Brexit talks

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Theresa May.

THERESA MAY will conduct her first visit to Spain as prime minister when she meets Mariano Rajoy at the Palacio de la Moncloa in Madrid on Thursday October 13.

May and Spain’s acting prime minister are scheduled to have a working lunch at 12.30pm where they will discuss the impact of Brexit on relations between the two countries. 

The two leaders have already had an official conversation on the telephone following May’s selection as prime minister in July, and in China during the G20 summit.

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On both occasions they stressed the need to protect all British and Spanish citizens from any negative fallout from Brexit, although the Rock-shaped elephant in the room, Gibraltar, was not discussed.

Recent demands for co-sovereignty negotiations from acting foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo have met with short shrift by chief minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo, who rejected the prospect outright. 

May is currently on a whistle-stop tour of Europe taking in Denmark and the Netherlands as she attempts to shore up support ahead of crunch Brexit talks in the spring. 

 

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