The government of Gibraltar said on Wednesday evening that King Felipe's comments to the British parliament about an "acceptable" bilateral arrangement—between London and Madrid—on the future of the Rock were "undemocratic" and that the suggestion "completely ignores the existence of the people of Gibraltar".

"There are therefore not two relevant Governments, but three", said the statement.

"The plain fact is that Spain lost Gibraltar over three hundred years ago and that Gibraltar has been British ever since. Spain ceded Gibraltar in perpetuity in 1713. In two referenda held in 1967 ...