British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson confirmed the UK would remain “implacable and rock-like” in its support for Gibraltar after the European Union offered Spain a right of veto over the territory’s future relationship with the EU27.
Often referred to as “The Rock”, Gibraltar (6.7 km2 ) is a British overseas territory in the south of Spain. At its foot is a modern populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities.
Madrid claims sovereignty over the territory — which it ceded to Britain in 1713 in a war of Spanish Succession, when Habsburgs claimed the throne, and till nowadays the issue has caused diplomatic tensions with London. The territory was seceded to the British Crown “in perpetuity” under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.
Today Gibraltar’s economy is based on tourism, online gambling, financial services, and shipping.
Gibraltarians overwhelmingly rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum and once again in 2002.