King Felipe has said that he is confident Spain and the UK can find a solution on Gibraltar “acceptable to all involved”.
The King raised the controversial topic as he addressed MPs and peers at the Royal Gallery in the Houses of Parliament, outside which the flag of Gibraltar was on display.
He said in the traditional address to both Houses of Parliament that Britain and Spain have a long-shared history and have often “stood shoulder to shoulder” as friends, partners and allies in the best interests of both countries.
King Felipe also addressed Brexit during his speech, which was watched by the PM and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
He said any Brexit deal must give the thousands of his compatriots in Britain – and UK expats in Spain – “sufficient assurance and certainty” over their futures.
King Felipe said Brexit “saddens” Spain but that it “fully respects” the will of the British people.
Yesterday evening, a full state banquet was held in the King and Queen’s honor.
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