The Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo Y Marfil
has today formally requested the resumption of negotiations on the sovereignty of Gibraltar, in spite of the British’s refusal to do so without the consent of the inhabitants of the Rock.According to El Mundo
, an official note stating the Spanish Government wants “progress in everything related to Gibraltar, which must include dialogue with the UK on issues of sovereignty
” was delivered to the British Secretary of State for Europe David Lidington, on a working visit to Madrid, just hours after he had conducted a chat session on Twitter where he reiterated there will be so resumption of negotiations without the consent of Gibraltans.
Amongst his replies to questions posed using the #askMFE
hashtag on Twitter, Mr Lidington said:
Gibraltar is one of the main issues that Mr Garcia-Margallo has been determined to address since taking office last December. On January 24 he announced “Esta broma se ha terminado. La política sobre Gibraltar la vamos a cambiar
” (Translation: “The joke is over. The policy towards Gibraltar is going to change”
) just days after a press conference in Strasbourg where he quipped to British MEP Charles Tannock “Gibraltar, Spanish”
You get the impression this matter will run on and on, much to the annoyance of the British Government and of course the citizens of Gibraltar, whom the Spanish hope won’t have a say in the matter.