THE controversial former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs has shockingly stated that ‘Gibraltar may be Spanish in four years’.

José Manuel García-Margallo made the claim during a private interview with members of the Andalusian Management Club.

The former foreign minister believes a drop in living standards will occur when Gibraltar leaves the EU, making Gibraltarians more sympathetic to an allegiance switch.

“This is an opportunity that we have not had since 1700 and the Treaty of Utrecht, since at the same time that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, so does Gibraltar,” he continued.

“A bilateral negotiation must be established between Spain and Great Britain.

“Staying outside the EU and not being able to access the European market would affect their standard of living, giving us the upper hand in any negotiations.”

García-Margallo was well known for making inflammatory comments regarding Gibraltar during his time as Minister between 2011 and 2016.

It appears he is still unable to let the matter rest.