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Joint sovereignty ‘will never happen’, GSD tells Spain

There is no prospect of the GSD agreeing to a joint sovereignty deal in a Brexit scenario, Opposition leader Daniel Feetham said yesterday.

Mr Feetham was reacting to Spain’s acting Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, who this week once again said Spain would push for joint sovereignty if the UK voted to leave the European Union.

“Mr Margallo is mistaken if he thinks that the resolve of the people of Gibraltar will weaken whatever the result of the EU referendum,” Mr Feetham said.

“Gibraltar is British and will remain British.”

“In addition, the idea that the UK and Spain can bilaterally negotiate a sovereignty deal over and above our heads is clutching at straws.”

“It will not happen because the people of Gibraltar, its Government and its Opposition will not entertain it.”

“Successive British Governments of all political persuasions have also been crystal clear that they will not enter into any process of negotiations on sovereignty with Spain without the consent of the elected Government of Gibraltar.”

“That consent will never be forthcoming.”