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García-Margallo claims ‘confidential’ talks

Spain’s caretaker Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo, claimed yesterday that he had held “confidential” talks on co-sovereignty with “personalities” in Gibraltar.

Sr García-Margallo gave no indication as to who he had spoken to, according to Spanish press reports.

“Those conversations have already started, but of course they are absolutely confidential and what they aim to do is establish what the scenarios are,” he reportedly said, according to Efe.

He made the claim during a lunchtime event at the Club Siglo XXI, where he again insisted that joint sovereignty was Gibraltar’s only option to retain access to the EU.

That position has been firmly rejected by the Gibraltar Government, which says other alternatives are possible.