SPAIN’s Foreign Minister said his government is “very close to reaching an agreement” with the UK on Gibraltar’s post-Brexit future at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency, José Manuel Albares suggested that the two-year wait for an EU treaty might be coming to an end.

“I see a constructive spirit on the British side on the Gibraltar-related deal,” Albares told Reuters.

“I think we are very close to the agreement.”

His comments came after similar words with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in mid-December.

Andalusian politicians and unions harshly criticized the Minister of Foreign Affairs for a statement on January 1 in which he said that Spain was “prepared for any scenario.”

But in Tuesday’s interview, Albares was much more positive about pushing for a deal.

“Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, but from the meetings I had with James Cleverly I see that we both want the agreement and we are really working on it,” Albares said.

What was not so clear to him was how long the negotiation would take.

“My experience with Brexit is that no timetable has ever been respected,” he said.

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said this week that the details of the draft treaty were “mind-boggling”.

Unresolved issues have left people wondering if all parties will reach an agreement before Spain’s general elections in December.

Spain’s conservative party is leading in the polls and an alliance with the far-right party Vox could mean the end of the talks.

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