Spanish politicans united in their reaction to Brexit
The Local · 24 Jun 2016, 09:19
Published: 24 Jun 2016 09:19 GMT+02:00
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Spain's interim government will discuss the Brexit win in their cabinet meeting this morning, the last before the nation goes to the polls for the second time in six months.
Interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for calm after the Brexit result and said that the rights of Spaniards in UK and Brits in Spain will remain unchanged over next two years.
A senior PP politican declared that the Brexit win is: "a threat for those of us who are on the side of security, certainty, trust…”.
El triunfo del #Brexit es una amenaza para quienes estamos del lado de la seguridad, la certeza, la confianza y la garantía de futuro— Javier Maroto (@JavierMaroto) June 24, 2016
Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias who had sent a message to his British ‘comrades’ urging them to vote responsibly for a united Europe, bemoaned the result calling it “a sad day for Europe”.
Día triste para Europa. Debemos cambiar de rumbo. De una Europa justa y solidaria nadie querría irse. Tenemos que cambiar Europa— Pablo Iglesias (@Pablo_Iglesias_) June 24, 2016
Albert Rivera, the leader of centrist party Ciudadanos commented that “fear and rancour won over opportunity. Now is the time for more Europe”.
Lamento la decisión de #ReinoUnido de abandonar el proyecto común. El miedo y el rencor venció a la oportunidad. Ahora toca más Europa.— Albert Rivera (@Albert_Rivera) June 24, 2016
Gibraltar threatens to be a flashpoint with Spain’s foreign minister suggesting that Spain would approach the UK with a view to striking a co-sovereignty agreement over the Rock.
On Friday morning he reiterated that sentiment, promisng to provoke diplomatic tensions after David Cameron pledged that Britain would stand by Gibraltar, whatever the outcome.
Spain's foreign minister proposed sharing sovereignty over Gibraltar after Britain voted to exit the European Union, saying it would allow the overseas territory to maintain access to the EU's single market.
"Our formula... is British-Spanish co-sovereignty for a determined period of time, which after that time has elapsed, will head towards the restitution of Gibraltar to Spanish sovereignty," Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told Spanish radio.
LATEST: Spanish Foreign Secretary Margallo on Brexit result: "the Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than it was before".— The Spain Report (@thespainreport) June 24, 2016
His comments fuelled a surge in Spanish nationalism with "Gibraltar Español" trending on Twitter.
Meanwhile in Gibraltar, the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo called a crisis cabinet. The tiny territory was the first to declare after 96 percent of the electorate voted Remain.
We have surpassed greater challenges. It is time for unity, for calm & for rational thinking. Together & united we will continue to prosper.— Fabian Picardo (@FabianPicardo) June 24, 2016