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    The major problem for Franco isn't military, it's agricultural - Spain was desperately short of grain for most of the war. Britain and the US were able to keep Spain effectively neutral (or non-belligerant at worst) by restricting the supply of grain. The Spanish price for entry, expansion of Spanish colonial rule in Africa at the expense of France, would also have tipped Vichy France from enforced neutrality to outright hostility to Berlin. Suddenly the Med turns into a much more contested zone and the British don't have to worry about the French fleet falling into German hands.

    Another concern is that Portugal is pro-British and has been a British ally since the 14th C. Which means that to prevent the British having a backdoor into Spain, Portugal will have to be invaded. Salazar, and the British, had a contingency plan in case this happened.

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