The result has confirmed re-election polling that suggested both that the Socialist Party would be the largest party and that the far right Vox would make significant gains.
The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, said: “The fact that the PSOE is the largest party to emerge from the Spanish election this weekend will be welcomed by many in Gibraltar. I have written to the leader of the Socialist party, Pedro Sanchez, to congratulate him on his victory. The rise of Vox, a party that has made false and disparaging remarks about Gibraltar, will nonetheless also be a concern to many. As we celebrate 100 years since the end of the first World War, 75 years next year since Victory in Europe and 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall we have to be conscious of the rise, once again, of the far right in Europe. We must combat the populist narrative of parties like Vox with something as damning and dangerous to it as the truth. Let no one have any doubt that we will do that, fighting their attempt to spread lies about us and to incite hatred against us, in every relevant forum and tribunal.”