Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell has warned that Britain would “split apart” as a result of Brexit, insisting there is an underlying weakness in the union.
In an interview with Politico on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Borrell said he thinks the UK is more likely to break up than Spain, despite persisting calls for a fresh independence referendum to be held in Catalonia.
“I am very much more worried about the unity of the United Kingdom than the unity of the Kingdom of Spain. I think the UK will split apart sooner than the kingdom of Spain.”
Reiterating, he said, “It is a clear sign of UK weakness.”
Brexit has already stoked calls for a second independence bid in Scotland, and politicians have warned they could try to get this in motion if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal in place.
Spanish Foreign Minister Borrell echoed the prime minister’s warning, insisting that a trade deal reached between the UK and Brussels should not include Gibraltar.