Member of the European Parliament and former leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage gestures during speeches at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on April 5, 2017. AFP / Sebastien Bozon
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European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution Wednesday setting their red lines for the two-year divorce talks with Britain, and rejected attempts by British members of the European Parliament to recognize Gibraltar's pro-EU stance in the Brexit referendum.The European Parliament wants talks on Britain's future relations with the EU to start only after "substantial progress" is made on the bill for Brexit, on the Irish border, and on the rights of the 3 million EU citizens in Britain and the 1 million British residents in EU countries.Lawmakers rejected two nearly identical amendments that would have added to the text a reference to Gibraltar's pro-EU vote in last year's Brexit referendum, a move meant to recall that its residents back the EU but also prefer to remain in Britain.The changes proposed by British Conservative lawmakers in the EU Parliament and by a cross-party group of MPs wanted to highlight that Gibraltar voted against Brexit.
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