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 Secretaryâs letter yesterday and the Foreign Office subsequently confirmed its contents.
âWe can confirm we received a letter from the caretaker Spanish ForeignÂ Minister on 20 September requesting a meeting to discuss Gibraltar,â a Foreign Office spokesman said. âThe Foreign Secretaryâs response made it clear that the UKâs position onÂ sovereignty was unchanged.â
âWe will never enter into arrangements under which the people ofÂ Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against theirÂ wishes.â
âFurthermore, the UK will not enter into any process of sovereigntyÂ negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content.â
âThe Foreign Secretary also underlined the UK and Gibraltarâs long standing wish to return to the Trilateral Forum of Dialogue to discuss any issues of shared interest with Spain.â