“Spain will NEVER renounce claim to Gibraltar’ Furious row over sovereignty of the Rock”

Posted By: November 13, 2016

SPAIN will never renounce its claim to Gibraltar, its government has declared as the furious row over the sovereignty of the Rock continues.

By Katie Mansfield. Sunday Express (London). Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Spain and Gibraltar continue to clash over the future of the Rock
José Manuel García-Margallo, the Spanish foreign minister, once again laid claim to the territory as he opened the door to talks with the people of Gibraltar to negotiate the Spanish proposal for joint sovereignty.

But the chief minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo, who is already fed up with the row, has called for an end to the debate as he seeks to avoid clashes with the Spanish Government. 

Mr. Picardo said: “It is not right that in the 21st century everything has to go through a piece of red and yellow fabric that determines all of this.

“If you put aside the sovereignty issue, relations could be great.” 

But Mr. García-Margallo is determined to begin talks and says the first step is to “convince” Gibraltar that joint sovereignty is “good for all”. 

In an attempt to sweeten the deal, the foreign minister said an agreement would allow Gibraltar to remain in the EU after Brexit after 96 percent of the population voted to Remain.

The Spanish Government plans to propose a deal including self-government, dual citizenship, an autonomous tax system and eliminating the fence erected in 1909. 

With Spain and the UK sharing the responsibility for foreign affairs, defense, border control, and immigration.

Joint-sovereignty would hand Madrid powers over the island’s 30,000 inhabitants despite their clear preference for London to retain exclusive jurisdiction.

Foreign minister José Manuel García-Margallo is determined to start talks with Gibraltar
Under the plans, Gibraltarians would be able to remain, citizens of the EU, thanks to a dual nationality.

Spanish diplomats presented a fresh case for sovereignty over Gibraltar to the United Nations earlier this month in a bid to wrestle control of the Rock from the UK.

Roman Oyarzun, the Spanish ambassador to the UN, said: “This is a starting point for negotiations.”
But Mr. Picardo dismissed Spain’s actions as “rancid nationalism” but admitted he would hold a  consultation “if necessary”. 

He said: “There would be no doubt about the results.” 

In 2002, 98.97 percent of voters in Gibraltar rejected joint sovereignty in a referendum.