GIBRALTAR’S leader Fabian Picardo has slammed the proposal for joint rule between Spain and the UK as “unrealistic”.
Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez has said Madrid will revive its bid for shared sovereignty over Gibraltar once the UK has left the European Union. Mr Sanchez has claimed that Spain’s position over Gibraltar, which has been a British territory since 1713, was stronger after Brexit. Speaking to the Parliament of Gibraltar, Mr Picardo said it was important to send a “clear message to anyone in Spain who thinks there is the possibility of any proposal for sovereignty to prosper." Speaking defiantly, Mr Picardo said: “Gibraltar will not yield. We will not bend. We will not get tired”.
The chief said he doesn’t think any Spanish political party understands “how unrealistic” the idea of shared sovereignty is.
He said to the Parliament: “Gibraltarians will not change their minds. We will not allow ourselves to be bribed with access to the community market, or with any other reward”.
The small peninsula attacked to Spain has been a point of tension between the two countries as Spain has claimed sovereignty.
Spanish officials have claimed they have strength over the UK in negotiations as 96 per cent of Gibraltar’s population voted in the EU referendum to remain in the bloc.
Mr Sanchez said: “This puts Spain in a position of strength in negotiations with the United Kingdom over Gibraltar that we have not had until now”.
The European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker has said that many Europeans did not realise the importance of Gibraltar for Spain.