Gibraltar, a ‘smokescreen’ to distract Spain’s austerity cuts claims political party
The Spanish leftwing political party Izquierda Unida [IU] has tabled questions in Spain’s parliament asking why Gibraltar continues to be a priority matter for the central government in Madrid.
Joan Josep Nuet, an MP for Esquerra Unida i Alternativa, the Catalan branch of IU, said he tabled the questions after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy recently used his first speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations to call for bilateral sovereignty talks with Britain.
MP Nuet said that the statements on Gibraltar are “a smokescreen” to distract attention and avoid facing up to responsibilities for austerity cuts and the economic crisis facing Spain.
He has asked why Gibraltar continues to be a priority given the current circumstances in Spain, and what measures the government in Madrid will adopt to that end.
Izquierda Unida is a political coalition organized in 1986 which brought together several political organizations opposed to Spain joining NATO.
In the general election of 2011, the coalition made major gains taking 6.9% of the vote and 11 seats, their best result since 1996. It also shares government with the Socialist Party in Andalusia since 2012.