Johnson reaffirms UK commitment to trilateral dialogue
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told his Spanish counterpart that Britain and Gibraltar want a return to trilateral dialogue, rejecting a call for bilateral talks.
Mr Johnson replied to a letter from Spanish Foreign Minister JosĂ© Manuel GarcĂa-Margallo by making clear there would be no movement on sovereignty against the wishes of the Gibraltarians.
The Chronicle reported on the Foreign Secretaryâ€™s letter yesterday and the Foreign Office subsequently confirmed its contents.
â€śWe can confirm we received a letter from the caretaker Spanish ForeignÂ Minister on 20 September requesting a meeting to discuss Gibraltar,â€ť a Foreign Office spokesman said. â€śThe Foreign Secretaryâ€™s response made it clear that the UKâ€™s position onÂ sovereignty was unchanged.â€ť
â€śWe will never enter into arrangements under which the people ofÂ Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against theirÂ wishes.â€ť
â€śFurthermore, the UK will not enter into any process of sovereigntyÂ negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content.â€ť
â€śThe Foreign Secretary also underlined the UK and Gibraltarâ€™s long standing wish to return to the Trilateral Forum of Dialogue to discuss any issues of shared interest with Spain.â€ť