Tory MP Andrew Rosindell has blasted Spain for being "totally unreasonable" over Gibraltar.
In draft negotiation documents which emerged over the weekend, the European Union has decreed that any decisions affecting the overseas territory must be approved by the Spanish government.
This prompted a furious response from its chief minister Fabian Picardo, who firmly told Spain and the European Union that the territory would not be used as a bargaining chip in the withdrawal negotiations.
Rosindell joined the condemnation, saying “Spain have tried to get their hands on Gibraltar for over 300 years but it doesn’t meet with the wishes of the people.
"Gibraltar has made it clear being British is way more important than being in the EU is. They voted to stay in the EU because they feared Spain would act in this way and they’ve been proved right.
"They’re behaving like we’re still in colonial times. The Spanish are totally unreasonable.
"The EU also disgusts me by allowing this to be part of the trade negotiations. It’s nothing to do with them, they should butt out and let Gibraltar have its right of determination."