THE Cabinet was yesterday accused of failing to condemn Spain over the crackdown in Catalonia – because they’re too worried about landing a Brexit deal.
Amid spiraling anger at Madrid’s brutal intervention on Sunday, Lib Dem chief Vince Cable said Boris Johnson was guilty of a “shameful dereliction of duty” for not criticising the Madrid government.
And he stormed: “It shows how weak this Government has become that it is desperate not to upset the government of an EU country that could veto the final Brexit deal.”
Earlier Chancellor Philip Hammond urged the Spanish authorities to show “restraint” but said: “It’s important to maintain the rule of law.”
The row came as Brussels booted Barcelona out of the running to house the London-based EU Medicines Agency post Brexit.
In a move taken as punishment for the referendum chaos, the Catalan city was ditched from the shortlist to bag the EU drugs regulator.
Barcelona had emerged on a shortlist of five rival bids from a field of 19, with a technical assessment covering provision of office buildings, hotel capacities, tax-breaks and childcare places giving no hint of tthe political backlash.
But when ambassadors gather Friday to pick the winning hosts for the EMA and a smaller European Banking Authority also forced to evacuate London, the Catalan economic and cultural motor won’t be considered.
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