Former international minister and sitting MEP José Manuel García-Margallo claimed his nation needed to “combat” to regain management of the British abroad territory. Mr García-Margallo’s feedback got here as he spoke a few conflict with then-Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, who rejected plans for co-sovereignty between the UK and Spain.
The fruitless negotiations received nowhere, leaving the UK and Gibraltar with “all of the playing cards”, he stated.
“The official clarification the prime minister gave me was that it was messy,” he defined in an interview in Catalonia Press.
“I advised him that in fact it was, but when we misplaced it 300 years in the past, they won’t return it to us at breakfast time with a field of sweets.
“We should combat for it.”
The politician went on to lament how Spain didn’t use the ability Brussels gave it to full impact relating to the Rock – which is fiercely British.
He mused: “They gave us the precise of veto and we might have executed no matter we needed.
“We had all of the playing cards.”
The outspoken politician additionally lashed out at his successor for saying Gibraltar’s “sovereignty was not on the desk”.
Even Spain’s present international minister, Arancha González Laya, didn’t escape unscathed for adopting comparable insurance policies on the British abroad territory.
He claimed this indecisiveness has led to a state of affairs during which the UK and Gibraltar get every part they need whereas Spain “will get completely nothing”.
However all is just not misplaced, he claimed, and Spain might regain the Rock if the EU begins cracking down on the Rock’s low taxes.
He stated if this doesn’t cease, Brussels might use its monetary muscle to bully the UK into steadily handing over the territory.
This may result in Spain progressively asserting management over it, that means “Gibraltarians will change into Spaniards who don’t pay taxes.”
Specific.co.uk beforehand reported how a navy observer warned Spain would endure “heavy casualties” and have to beat “not possible” odds to take Gibraltar from the UK.
George Allison, who edits the UK Defence Journal, spoke out after Spain’s far-right Vox occasion demanded their nation “liberate” the Rock from British “colonial rule”.
Mr Allison stated regardless of claiming sovereignty for many years, the Spanish must overcome “not possible” odds to win any navy battle.
Extra reporting Maria Ortega