The caretaker Spanish Foreign Secretary, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, has declared that he will bring up the question of Gibraltar ‘the very next day’ if the UK votes to leave the European Union on 23rd June. The interview has been described by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo as an example of why it's so much more important for Gibraltar to remain in Europe.
The Foreign Secretary, whose mandate expired three months ago, is still in post because the Spanish political parties have yet not come to an agreement of who will form a coalition Government. He made the declaration in an interview on the Spanish national radio on Friday.
Reacting to the statement, the Chief Minister says this is exactly the type of attitude we’ve come to expect from Mr Garcia Margallo, and it demonstrates that Gibraltar is far safer within the European Union.
He says the Foreign Secretary’s statement will take no-one by surprise and is perfectly consistent with the manner and form which has characterized his tenure at the Palacio de Santa Cruz.
Picardo said Garcia Margallo’s behavior is also perfectly consistent with the analysis in last week’s UK report which highlighted the possibility that Spain could take advantage of Brexit in order to close the frontier.