The U.S. Congress nearly took Britain out of control of Gibraltar

The United States may have made a radical anti-British démarche on behalf of Spain.

This is reported by “The Telegraph,” referring to sources in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to media reports, U.S. lawmakers were ready to vote to strip the United Kingdom of its sovereignty over Gibraltar, an overseas British territory on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. For decades, disputes over the region have continued between Britain and Spain, and Madrid funded a lobbying campaign in Washington for Congress to vote on a plan to strip Britain of its sovereignty over Gibraltar.

The plan was implemented by representatives of the Spanish embassy in the United States. The initiator was a former Spanish ambassador. He proposed his idea a few months after the vote on Brexit. If successful, Gibraltar residents would be granted Spanish citizenship and Madrid would have the same rights as London to political activities in the region.

However, the Spaniards were forced to curtail their activities in this area when congressmen signed a resolution supporting Gibraltar’s British status. U.S. lawmakers considered Spain’s plan “belligerent” and “crazy”, journalists’ interlocutors said.