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Under the proposed EU regulation, Britons will be able to visit the EU without a visa for up to 90 days even if there is no Brexit deal. The move will reduce fears over chaos at airports if  Britain leaves the bloc without a deal on March 29. However, the EU sparked a furious response from the UK for describing Gibraltar as a “colony” in the agreement.

Diplomats said the British ambassador to the EU raised the issue in a meeting of EU envoys.

A British spokeswoman said: “Gibraltar is not a colony and it is completely inappropriate to describe in this way.”

Tensions over Gibraltar have been running high between the UK and Spain, which is taking advantage of Brexit to ramp up its claim to the British Overseas Territory.

It comes as the UK is at a deadlock with the bloc over Brexit, with less than two months until Britain’s exit date on March 29.

Prime Minister Theresa May is set to return to Brussels to seek “alternative arrangements” to replace the controversial Irish backstop after the Commons voted in favour of Tory MP Sir Graham Brady’s amendment on Tuesday.

But until now the EU has insisted it will not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement.

Speaking today, Irish Government’s Europe Minister, Helen McEntee, said Dublin would “absolutely not” accept the reopening of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement.

Ms McEntee told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This was a deal that was negotiated with the UK, by the UK. They weren’t bystanders in a separate room, there were discussions, negotiations, there were compromises on both sides.

“The fact that we now have a deal that took that long to be negotiated and that deal has now been voted against by the very Prime Minister that negotiated it is extremely difficult.”

Ms McEntee said a request by the UK to extend the Article 50 would “most likely” be approved by the EU27.

She added: “At the same time, I think there would be a very clear ask from the other member states as to what exactly it is we are trying to achieve.

“There is no point in looking for an extension if we end up back to the same place in three months’ time. We need to have a clear direction from the UK Government as to what it is we want to achieve.”


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