SPAIN’S Foreign Minister has waded into the latest spat over the sovereignty of Gibraltar by accusing Britain of breaking agreements.
Jose Garcia-Margallo claims that Britain’s refusal to change the Rock’s status without the consent of Gibraltarians breaches both the 1984 Brussels Agreement and the Treaty of Utrecht.
Margallo was responding to statements made by Europe Minister David Lidington during the British politician’s visit to Madrid.
The Spanish minister vowed to raise the issue in person, despite Lidington only being scheduled to hold talks with Inigo Mendez de Vigo.
Answering journalist’s questions on the thorny issue of sovereignty, Lidington said: “The British Government has a very clear position.
“Our position on sovereignty is well known as is the Spanish Government’s position.
“We will not agree to a change in the status of Gibraltar, unless that is with the freely expressed agreement of the people of Gibraltar and we will not take part in any process of sovereignty negotiations unless that is done with the agreement of Gibraltar.”