Spain won’t back down! Gibraltar row erupts as furious MEP blasts UK over post-Brexit deal

Picardo: Nothing will cleave Gibraltar from the UK

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The Vox MEP from Catalonia told Express.co.uk the Rock had been illegally colonised by Britain and his party will fight for its liberation tooth and nail until Brexit Britain no longer has a say on its territory.

Vox’s parliamentary party in Andalusia demanded last week the Spanish Government ripped apart the post-Brexit agreement made with Boris Johnson’s team.

Echoing their concerns, Mr Buxade blasted: “Gibraltar is obviously part of Spanish national territory.

“I have to tell you that the situation in Gibraltar is a completely unexpected situation, like the one that the separatists are trying to impose in Catalonia.

“Gibraltar is Spain by law, by history and by international law.

“It is a territory colonised by a foreign power and turned into a den of thieves in a completely illegal way, and everyone knows it.

“And what we are saying here is that the Spanish government has betrayed 300 years of history and has left thousands of Spaniards living in that colony stranded, who with the Brexit agreement are left at the mercy of the decisions of the colonising power.

“No government is entitled to traffic with the rights of its nationals, neither the one we have now, nor the previous one of the Popular Party that spoke of co-sovereignty.

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“No co-sovereignty whatsoever.

“Gibraltar is Spain and nothing more than Spain, and

that is what we will always defend in Vox.”

The right-wing politicians are also demanding Spain opposes “any agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom that does not address the labour rights of the workers of Campo de Gibraltar and the elimination of the money laundering, tax evasion and smuggling networks present in the Rock after years of inaction by the Spanish authorities”.

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The party is calling on Gibraltar to close its borders with the UK in a bid to control the spreading of coronavirus infections.

But they are willing to reassure the border closures would not apply to workers who travel to the Rock every day.

They said: “Measures must be taken to guarantee their health and safety.

“In the event that these cannot be guaranteed, Vox raises in the initiative that the Government of the nation, together with the regional administration, will proceed to establish a protection mechanism that allows workers affected by the closure to receive their payroll in full.”

Referring to the UK as a “colony”, the party continued: “The central government is asked to implement a specific recovery plan for Campo de Gibraltar, which has as a priority an effective re-industrialisation that allows the economic and social recovery of the area, deteriorated by the abandonment of administrations and unfair competition from the British colony.”

In relation to the agreement signed between the Spanish and British governments, Vox states in its initiative that it affects the lives of thousands of Spanish workers and national historical demands from more than three centuries ago, and has been “reached without any kind of political debate and, to this day, the Spanish do not even know its content.”

The party points out that it could be openly contrary to the Constitution because it did not obtain the prior authorisation of both the Congress and the Senate.

They added: “The Government of Spain has eluded the participation of the Spanish people and their representatives in the negotiation of an agreement that directly affects the entire nation, hiding for weeks the content of these negotiations from the Spanish, who will be directly affected by the agreement.”

Demands for the Rock to fully return under Spain’s territorial jurisdiction have been growing since the Brexit referendum, when Gibraltar residents voted overwhelmingly to Remain in the EU.

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