ROCK ROW: Theresa May said calling Gibraltar a colony was unacceptable

THE ROCK: British PM Theresa May says reference to Gibraltar as ‘colony’ in EU document is unacceptable. Photo: Shutterstock

BRITAIN’s Prime Minister has said it is “completely unacceptable” to refer to Gibraltar as a colony after the term appeared in an EU document in reference to the British territory.

Theresa May said Gibraltar was a full part of the “UK family” and that would not change after Brexit on Friday March 29.

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The Prime Minister’s comments come after Spain pushed for a footnote to be including in a European Council document citing a UN list of territories that are not fully self-governing.

The footnote, in a document about giving British travellers access to the EU’s Schengen free movement area, said: “Gibraltar is a colony of the British crown.”

“There is a controversy between Spain and Britain concerning the sovereignty over Gibraltar, a territory for which a solution has to be reached in light of the relevant resolutions and decision of the General Assembly of the UN,” the footnote stated.

Gibraltar officials said the use of the term colony did not help  to create a “climate of trust” between the territory and Spain.

“It is totally irrelevant to our departure from the EU and says more about Spain’s anachronistic obsession with Gibraltar than anything else. This is totally out of place in today’s modern Europe,” Gibraltar said.

Spain has long-standing claims to sovereignty over Gibraltar. The territory was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.


  1. Gibraltar has been a British military outpost, and therefore a symbol of British colonial military power, ever since it was taken from Spain in the first place. Of course it’s a colony! It’s the ideal location for British military control of the western doorway to the Mediterranean and onward access to southern Europe, north Africa and the middle East. (The eastern doorway being the Suez canal.) I’m old enough to remember Britain fighting (and losing) a battle over Suez. That’s why Gibraltar is such an important military colony for Britain. So if Theresa May is now so twitchy that she says calling a colony ‘a colony’ is ‘completely unacceptable’ then heaven help us all! This is proof, if ever it was needed, that the Brexit lunatics really have taken over the asylum!


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