Tory MPs threaten walkout if Spain's king claims Gibraltar in United Kingdom speech

Judith Bessette
Julho 12, 2017

Last year, in a speech to the UN General Assembly in NY, the King called for a negotiated handover of Gibraltar.

The morning began with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall greeting King Felipe, 49, and Queen Letizia, 44, at their hotel.

The Spanish royals arrived in London last night and will be formally greeted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade today at the start of a three-day visit.

The EU annoyed Britain and Gibraltar in April by suggesting Spain have a right of veto over the territory's post-Brexit relationship with the bloc.

But some Tory MPs have warned they will walk out of the speech if he does.

With the visit already threatening to cause a fierce political row, the pro-Gibraltar Tory MP Andrew Rosindell has predicted "serious anger" if the King attempts to "re-open the non-negotiable issue of Gibraltar's sovereignty".

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Security will be tight for the royal carriage procession along The Mall in what will be the first state visit to take place since the terror attacks in Manchester and London. Prime Minister Theresa May is also due to attend the Horse Guards welcome, missing Prime Minister's Questions for the event.

The Queen will host the three-day tour which includes a speech to Parliament and talks at 10 Downing Street with Theresa May and senior ministers from both countries.

Felipe and Letizia, who are staying at Buckingham Palace, will be feted with a grand state banquet in the ballroom on Wednesday evening - with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expected to be attending.

And tomorrow, Prince Harry will carry out his first official duties at a State Visit when he accompanies the Spanish King and Queen on their visit to Westminster Abbey.

The ambassador, who has travelled to the United Kingdom for the visit, went onto say the King's father broached the same subject when he made a state visit to Britain when monarch in 1986.

Britain's Ambassador to Madrid has said it's likely that King Felipe will bring up Gibraltar when he makes his speech at Westminster.

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