The ruling Partido Popular
(PP) party in Spain has confirmed that they want a swift return to the Brussels process – a negotiation arrangement long rejected by Gibraltar as it concerns talks on sovereignty without giving them a voice.
On becoming vice-chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the Spanish congress, Jose Ignacio Landaluce
, the Mayor of Algeciras
(the largest city on the Bay of Gibraltar - see map above left), has reaffirmed that he will be proposing that PP policy should be a return to the Brussels process.
This is in keeping with the PP's election manifesto
which had one sentence on the matter – a firm one – stating: “En relación al contencioso de Gibraltar, recuperaremos el proceso de Bruselas
” (Translation: ‘In relations to Gibraltar, we will return to the Brussels process
The Brussels Agreement
dates back to 1984 when, for the first time, a British government (Conservative, PM Margaret Thatcher
) agreed to discuss Gibraltar's sovereignty with Spain.
It is a far cry from the current Tripartite Forum
where Gibraltar has its own voice, a veto, and where all three parties are of equal voice. But the PP seems set against any discussions on sovereignty including a seat at the table for Gibraltar as they argue it is strictly an Anglo-Spanish matter.