APPEARING before the United Nation’s 4th Committee in New York, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo explained to its representatives that Spain simply has no legal right to claim Gibraltar and this was born out by a recent landmark decision made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport whose legal experts recognised that contrary to Spanish claims, there was no question that sovereignty lay legally with Britain.
In essence, he concluded that Spain is now using the Brexit result to try to wrest control over Gibraltar from Britain, but this was clearly contrary to the overwhelming wishes of the people of Gibraltar and British government policy.
Gibraltar rejects the call for Britain to enter into joint sovereignty discussions with Spain but would be content to re-open a trilateral dialogue, as all of the ‘promises’ made by Spain could be achieved by that country simply dropping their illegitimate claims.
As expected, members of the committee were once again invited to Gibraltar on a fact finding mission but Mr Picardo made it clear of his view on interim foreign minister Margallo’s wishes with the succinct comment “No way Jose.”
The British Ambassador to the UN Peter Wilson also took the opportunity at the same session to reject the demands made by Spain and to confirm that whilst any decision on the future of Gibraltar must receive the approval of the Gibraltar people, the most logical step forward would be to return to trilateral dialogue.