A BRITISH minister stormed out of a top EU meeting after Spain successfully blocked Gibraltar from entering a new EU air safety deal.
Robert Goodwill quit the Brussels summit ‘in protest’ after the decision was made to exclude the British territory from plans to make flights quicker and safer by merging European airspace.
The EU Transport Council consequently agreed that they were unable to pass the document through due to Goodwill’s objection.
“I left the Council in protest at what was a completely unacceptable situation,” said Goodwill, the Scarborough Tory MP.
Spain gained the support of Italy in a ploy to exclude Gibraltar from the deal as a way of getting the proposal wrapped up.
The air safety deal is now on hold and new negotiations will now be required to resolve the dispute.