Gibraltar, the iconic British Overseas Territory perched on the monolithic Rock, can let out a collective sigh of relief following the outcome of Spain’s recent general election on July 23. The population had been bracing for a potential upheaval, with fears that the socialist government under Pedro Sánchez could be replaced by a coalition between the Conservative People’s Party (PP) led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo and the ultra-right-wing Vox party helmed by Santiago Abascal.
The Vox Party, known for its anti-immigrant stance, has previously voiced intentions to economically strangle Gibraltar by closing its border, all in a bid to assert Spanish sovereignty over the territory. However, the election’s aftermath unfolded differently than anticipated. While the PP secured the most votes, the Vox party’s electoral performance fell short, resulting in a closely contested race between the Conservatives and the Socialists, and their respective coalition allies. This outcome has effectively stymied either party from forming a government, thus increasing the likelihood of a new general election later this year or early next year.