'Brexit means Brexit!' Spain issues brutal attack on Boris with Theresa May jab

SPAIN has pushed back against Boris Johnson's emboldened stance in trade negotiations with the European Union, saying the UK must honour its commitments set out in the legally binding withdrawal agreement.

PUBLISHED: 18:11, Wed, Sep 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:11, Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya took a jab at Mr Johnson suing his predecessor Theresa May’s “Brexit means Brexit” slogan in an attempt to shame the UK into keeping with the rules it signed up for in the international treaty. Ms Gonzalez Laya’s rebuke comes as the UK Government prepares to publish the Internal Market Bill which will override parts of the Brexit deal it negotiated with Brussels.


On Tuesday Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis admitted the bill will “break international law in a very specific and limited way”.

Speaking at a press conference in Milan alongside ’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, Ms Gonzalez Laya urged Mr Johnson to refrain from breaking the terms of the Brexit deal.

When asked how Britain’s attitude in the deadlocked trade talks could affect Gibraltar, she said Spain would hold the UK to its word.

She said: "In the same way that the United Kingdom says that 'Brexit is Brexit' the EU says that what is agreed is agreed.”

boris johnson pedro sanchezSpain has warned Boris Johnson against breaking the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement (Image: GETTY)

brexit news ukThe Government's Internal Market Bill is due to be published on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

Ms González Laya said that Spain is committed to Brexit taking place with a "positive agreement”.

But she said Spain is nevertheless preparing for the possibility of a no-deal outcome.

In an interview with Spanish radio RNE, she said: "The best way to manage the exit is through negotiation.

“But we all know that the negotiation may not be successful, in which case we are all preparing, each country and the EU with joint measures.”

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brexit news ukArancha Gonzalez Laya warned the PM against breaking the terms of the Brexit deal (Image: GETTY)

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