Treaty of Utrecht gives Britain legal right to Gibraltar

The 300-year-old Treaty of Utrecht, which is currently in the British Library, was signed to end the war of Spanish succession and gives Britain the right to Gibraltar.

The Treaty of Utrecht was signed 300 years ago. Credit: ITV News

The treaty, which was seen today by ITV News Europe Editor James Mates, says the territory is Britain's "to hold forever, without any impediment or exception whatsoever".

The document still remains legal. Credit: ITV News

Despite being signed on April 11, 1713, the document remains legal.

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