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UK leader tries to reassure Gibraltar in Brexit process

FILE- In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017 file photo, a Spanish flag flies on top of the customs house on the Spanish side of the border between Spain and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar with the Rock as a background, in La Linea de la Concepcion, Southern Spain. The EU's roadmap on Brexit negotiations leaves the U.K. and Spain to discuss what agreements will apply to Gibraltar, a dialogue in which Madrid could have the upper hand. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)

FILE- In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017 file photo, a Spanish flag flies on top of the customs house on the Spanish side of the border between Spain and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar with the Rock as a background, in La Linea de la Concepcion, Southern Spain. The EU's roadmap on Brexit negotiations leaves the U.K. and Spain to discuss what agreements will apply to Gibraltar, a dialogue in which Madrid could have the upper hand. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)  (The Associated Press)

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has offered reassurances to Gibraltar that the UK remains steadfastly committed to the overseas territory amid concerns over its future as Britain leaves the European Union.

May's Downing Street office says Sunday that she phoned the chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, to assure him that Britain remains "absolutely dedicated to working with Gibraltar for the best possible outcome on Brexit and will continue to involve them fully in the process."

The EU suggested last week that Spain would get a veto over the territory's future relationship with the trading bloc — angering the enclave of 32,000 people on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.

Spain has long sought to regain control of the territory that was ceded to Britain in 1713.