Gibraltar fury over Spanish King's speech to MPs

Gibraltar fury over Spanish King's speech to MPs

Her Majesty delivered a speech fit for Royalty at Buckingham Palace last night as she welcomed the King and Queen of Spain for a state banquet.

He said: "I'm happy to assure my honourable friend that the Government's position on Gibraltar and the primacy of the wishes of its inhabitants, which are overwhelming to stay British, will be respected by the Government".

"Obviously, we touched on the fact that we had not always been so friendly", he added.

The first day of the Spaniards' three-day visit began with a meeting with Charles and Camilla at their posh hotel, ME London on The Strand.

Spain is likely to wield a veto over any Brexit deal for Gibraltar after the EU-27 backed Madrid in its draft negotiating guidelines for forthcoming divorce talks between the United Kingdom and the bloc.

While the rocky enclave has been a source of friction between Britain and Spain for centuries, and spats over alleged incursions by fishing and navy vessels in Gibraltar's waters aren't uncommon, the Brexit negotiations have pushed the territory's status to the forefront.

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With a population of around 30,000, Gibraltar was ceded to Britain by Spain under the treaty of Utrecht in 1713.

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, said: "The people of Gibraltar want normal, friendly relations with Spain on the same basis as with any other country".

But Spain wants shared sovereignty and the European Union has promised Spain a veto over the extension to Gibraltar of any future trade deal between Britain and the bloc, prompting outrage in London. In the times in which we live, territories can not be traded from one monarch to another like pawns in a chess game. Mr. Picardo urged him to understand that Gibraltar "will remain 100% British".

On Thursday, he will accompany the royal visitors to Westminster Abbey.

Letizia and the Duchess of Cambridge were both commoners before marrying into their respective royal families - and both women have brought a fashion-forward feel to their roles.

Hours later at the state banquet, the Queen then appeared to wade into the row in front of all the senior members of the British monarchy and Prime Minister Theresa May.

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