Mariano Rajoy has wanted to precipitate a lightning visit to London on December 5 to maintain a job interview with British Prime Minister Theresa May, in middle of final and critical resolution of Brexit or exit of United Kingdom of Union European. Just day before May will hold a key meeting in London with President of European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, to clarify timing of se negotiations, which are right in process of defining to decide wher to move towards next phase. On 4 December, a meeting of Spanish Vice-President, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, was also planned, with EU chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, still in air because of his complicated agenda. The Vice-President herself, in any case, has convened that day to all autonomous Communities to Special Commission created to effect (CARUE) to transfer m state of situation.Learn More
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The formal reason for visit of Rajoy to May in London is to return official visit that British Prime Minister made to Madrid in October 2016 shortly after being elected to replace David Cameron. That return was pending since n and has now been closed with much discretion because moment is critical for both countries and especially for European Union. Spain has been "flexible and constructive" in its approach to negotiation of Brexit, to favour a solution that allows to continue good bilateral relations almost as so far after departure of EU, because United Kingdom is first destination of Spanish investments abroad and because re are more than 130,000 nationals residing in that country and 300,000 British living in our country.
But visit of Rajoy coincides with some decisive dates to find a solution to problem of British invoice to leave EU and to move forward to next steps. The EU's current partners want to close a first draft of this mandate on 29 November for Heads of Government to address and support summit on 14 and 15 December in Brussels. What will not be addressed in meeting, in principle, is situation of Gibraltar, whose status has not changed anything for Spain with implementation of Brexit. The government maintains its offer of shared sovereignty but issue will be left for later conversations, when British divorce has already been consummated.
In executive of Rajoy are interested in knowing firsthand how British government was handled with cyber that were recognized from Russian territory during campaign of Brexit if y could reproduce now during campaign for Catalan autonomous elections of December 21st. This issue has not been put on official agenda.