Gibraltar sovereignty 'NOT up for discussion after Article 50 is triggered'
Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly for Britain to remain part of the European Union with 95.9 per cent of ballots cast against Brexit.
Mr Fox, MEP for South West and Gibraltar, says sovereignty is 'not up for discussion'
I have spoken to the first minister of Gibraltar and I know that sovereignty is not on the table
Ashley Fox MEP
Spanish foreign secretary Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo aggressively reasserted his country's claim to the territory, which was ceded to Britain more than 300 years ago, following the referendum outcome.
Within hours of the Brexit vote being declared he announced that the "Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than it was before" and has put forward his claim for joint sovereignty to the United Nations.
Gibraltar voted for Britain to remain part of the EU by 95.9 per cent
But Ashley Fox, MEP for South West and Gibraltar, told the Press Association that sovereignty was "not a subject up for discussion".
He said: "I have spoken to the first minister of Gibraltar and I know that sovereignty is not on the table.
"The chief minister has said that Gibraltar will bear any price before it gives up its British sovereignty.
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"That is not a subject for discussion."
The territory held a referendum on joint sovereignty between Spain and the United Kingdom in 2002 with nearly 99 per cent of votes cast against the proposal.