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The United Kingdom has [objected / objecting] to the European Union's use of the word "colony" to [proscribe / describe] the island of Gibraltar. The European Council (a [body / torso] that defines the EU's political direction) produced a document [regarding / regards] UK nationals travelling to the EU after Brexit. It says in a [notebook / footnote] : "Gibraltar is a colony of the British Crown. There is a controversy between Spain and the UK concerning the [sovereign / sovereignty] over Gibraltar, a territory for which a [solve / solution] has to be reached." A UK government spokesperson said: "Gibraltar is not a [colony / crown] and it is completely inappropriate to describe it in this way. She added: "Gibraltar is a full part of the UK [relatives / family] ....This will not change due to our [exit / escape] from the EU."

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory [situates / located] in the Mediterranean Sea between Spain and Morocco. It is [house / home] to over 30,000 people. In 1704, Anglo-Dutch forces captured [it / place] from Spain during a war. Spain [palmed / handed] Gibraltar to Great Britain in a 1713 treaty. However, Spain still [asserts / assets] a claim to the territory. It wants Gibraltar [exclusive / excluded] from all post-Brexit agreements between the UK and the EU. Gibraltar rejected [supposes / proposals] for shared UK-Spanish sovereignty by 99% to 1% in a 2002 [referendum / referenda] . Gibraltar's Chief Minister has [accused / accustomed] Spain of bullying. He said: "No one will be surprised to hear the Spanish government making provocative statements [in / on] respect of Gibraltar."

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