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.