Spain’s President Sánchez has been told to recover Gibraltar in post-Brexit negotiations with the UK by the nations far-right Vox political party.
The leader of the Vox political party Santiago Abascal demands that Gibraltar’s sovereignty is returned, and he said the UK have “occupied” the rock and “it must be decolonised.”
Abascal has demanded that President Sánchez must start negotiations with the UK once Brexit was finanlised, and added Spain should “recover Spanish sovereignty” over the rock.
The far-right party said that Gibraltar is one of the “non-autonomous territories pending decolonisation,” which the UK has “occupied” which is in breach of the Treaty of Utrecht 1713.
However, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo of Gibraltar has previously stated that the rock belongs to the UK and has done since 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht.
The party also said that passage of British nuclear submarines are being allowed to go through Spanish territorial waters is a breach of Spain’s national security, which could be taken to the Nuclear Safety Council.
The political party further said that Gibraltar is a “non-autonomous territories pending decolonisation,” and claim “this colonial vestige destroys the national unity and territorial integrity of Spain.”
Abascal further claims that Gibraltar is a “military base” and argue that because of Britain’s sovereignty, Spain’s “territorial integrity is at stake.”
Last year Picardo blasted the Spanish Foreign Minister after Arancha Gonzalez Laya as she suggested the idea of a “new status.”
Picardo warned, “It must be clear that Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar will not leave unanswered any suggestion, however tangential, that the ‘status of Gibraltar’ can be negotiated ‘for Gibraltar’ by any parties other than by the government of Gibraltar.
“It is certainly unacceptable to Gibraltar to suggest that any such ‘negotiation’ could be ‘between Spain and the United Kingdom’.”
He added, “I am very clear in wanting to be proactive and positive in the Brexit negotiations and in ensuring that we reach new arrangements to preserve and enhance mobility as much as possible and, in that way, secure the prosperity of Gibraltar and the whole region around us.
“But let us be very clear about one thing; I will be negotiating for Gibraltar.
“No one else is democratically empowered to do so and no one else can agree anything for the people of Gibraltar with any democratic credibility.”
Picardo further warned, “Proposing the return of old-style bilateralism between Britain and Spain in respect of Gibraltar in relation to the negotiations of the deals to be done for the post-Brexit future is an antidote to democratic legitimacy and it will not be a persuasive tool in the discussions to come.”