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What se­cret lob­by­ing has gone on be­tween Spain and the U.S.?


For at least five years, Spain lob­bied U.S. congressme­n to sup­port a plan to strip Bri­tain of sole sovereignt­y over Gi­bral­tar, The Daily Tele­graph re­ports. Seven cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives said the Span­ish em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton pushed back after they signed a res­o­lu­tion backing Gi­bral­tar’s Bri­tish sta­tus. Span­ish of­fi­cials were per­ceived at times as “bel­liger­ent,” “force­ful,” “ag­gres­sive” and “over the line.” Spain wanted Gi­bral­tar res­i­dents to get Span­ish as well as Bri­tish ci­ti­zen­ship, and Madrid to get the same say in the ter­ri­tory’s for­eign pol­icy, de­fence and im­mi­gra­tion as Lon­don. The Spain-Gi­bral­tar bor­der would dis­ap­pear. The push lasted from at least 2014 to 2019.

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