Gibraltar says sharing sovereignty with Spain after Brexit is nonsense

Gibraltar says sharing sovereignty with Spain after Brexit is nonsense

January 9, 2019

Gibraltar says any idea of sharing sovereignty with Spain after Brexit is ‘nonsense’ and ‘as dead as a dodo’ after Madrid sought to exploit Britain’s EU exit

  • Chief Minister Fabian Picardo rejected Spain’s proposals in a televised address
  • Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez previously claimed he would seek to share power
  • Gibraltar has been a contentious issue between Britain and Spain for centuries 
  • ‘The Rock’ has been a British territory since 1713 and is home to 30,000 people

Fabian Picardo said on Monday that the Spanish should ‘not waste ink writing such nonsense’ about post-Brexit Gibraltar

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister said the notion of Britain and Spain sharing sovereignty of the land post-Brexit was ‘as dead as a dodo.’

Fabian Picardo rejected Spain’s talk of power-sharing on Monday in the strongest terms, saying ‘they should not waste ink writing such nonsense.’ 

Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in November that Madrid would seek a discussion over joint sovereignty of Gibraltar, a British territory since 1713, once Britain leaves the European Union on March 29.

Spanish conservative parties have also called on Madrid to use Britain’s looming departure from the bloc to push its claims over Gibraltar, a small peninsula attached to Spain which has long been a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations. 

Spain has long claimed sovereignty over the territory, which is home to around 30,000 people.

‘If anyone in Spain, in any part of the political spectrum, believes that we will ever compromise on our sovereignty they are wrong. 

‘The Rock’, as it is known to locals, has been a British territory since 1713, which has long been a sore spot for the Spanish who believe it belongs to them


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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in November that Madrid would discuss joint sovereignty of Gibraltar with Theresa May

‘The concept of joint sovereignty or any dilution of our sovereignty is a dead duck,’ Picardo said in a televised New Year’s address.

‘It’s as dead as a dodo. If anyone seriously thinks they can advance the concept of joint sovereignty, they are flogging a dead horse.

‘They should not waste breath talking such nonsense. They should not waste ink writing such nonsense. Neither through threats nor inducements will we ever waiver. Brexit changes nothing in this respect.’

The idea of joint sovereignty is not new and such a proposal was etched out between Britain and Spain in 2001 and 2002.

But it was binned after Gibraltarians rejected it in a November 2002 referendum.

‘The Rock’, as Gibraltar known by locals, is due to leave the EU along with Britain.

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