Spain welcomes EU parliament passing measures which refer to Gibraltar as a ‘colony’

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DISPUTE: Gibraltar authorities branded the use of the term ‘disgraceful’. CREDIT: Shutterstock

SPAIN’S has welcomed the European Parliament’s passing of measures which referred to Gibraltar as a ‘colony’ a great step forward as disputes between London and Madrid over the territory continue. 

The measures passed by MEPS, which cover post-Brexit travel visa arrangements for British citizens, referred to the enclave off Southern Spain as a ‘colony of the British crown’. It also referred to Gibraltar being included on a UN list of non-self governing territories.

A Spanish government spokesperson said it would help Spain’s claims over the territory which was ceded to Britain in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht.

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“It is the first time that the European Parliament and member states have recognised that Gibraltar is a colony,” the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May previously said it was ‘completely inappropriate’ to refer to Gibraltar as a colony.

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said the document’s use of the term colony was ‘disgraceful’.


Gibraltar authorities said in a statement: “It is obvious that extreme pressure exerted by Spain and the bullying tactics of Spanish MEPs on purely nationalistic grounds has led to the acceptance of the reference.”

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