Gibraltar compared to the Falklands and Theresa May to Maggie Tatcher (good grief !)
"On Friday morning, European Council President Donald Tusk published his draft guidelines for the forthcoming negotiations with the EU, which said Spain would be given veto over any deal that would affect the status of Gibraltar, a tiny UK territory on the southern tip of the Spanish mainland. It has been interpreted to mean that a separate deal may have to be negotiated for Gibraltar, over trade but also potentially over freedom of movement, which could require a hard border around the territory".
More walls .
Wonder if Felipe will discuss the matter with the Queen during his forthcoming visit - should the visit go ahead.
Interesting to see that Spain ignores the consequences of a treaty it signed granting Gibraltar to the UK, but keeps "forgetting" that under equal treaties it should have given back Olivenša to Portugal, a town annexed during te War of the Oranges almost 300 years ago.
Not to mentione the settlements it maintains in Morocco - Ceuta and Melilla.
: It seems that the age old problem of Gibraltar
: may scupper the Spanish State Visit at the
: beginning of June. Problems between the UK
: and Spain over Gibraltar have intervened
: before in what has otherwise been an
: excellent relationship between the two royal
: houses, particularly since British
: intervention in the Carlist wars of the
: 1830s and, more recently, the marriage of
: Alfonso XIII in 1906. This latest row was an
: unexpected consequence of Brexit as the
: existing relationship between Spain and the
: UK on this issue is governed by treaty
: arrangements which are nothing whatsoever to
: do with the EU. Nonetheless, although the
: 30,000 Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly
: for remain, they would expect to be governed
: by decisions of the UK in regard to
: negotiations over future relationships.
: This, however, would inevitably be
: complicated by the contiguous land border
: and the daily influx of some 5000 full and
: part-time Spaniards employed in Gibraltar -
: indeed Gibraltar is a key element to the
: prosperity of the neighbouring region,
: although often put at risk by periodic
: Spanish clampdown on border access
: (sometimes perfectly legitimately to prevent
: tobacco smuggling, at other times simply to
: disrupt the ability of Gibraltar to
: function). It seems that this potential
: conflict, however, may not have been
: initiated directly by the Spanish government
: but rather encouraged by the EU Commission,
: which has seen this thorny subject as a way
: to pressure Britain into moderating its
: demands in the forthcoming negotiations.
: Once the matter was raised, however, the
: Spanish government was ready to take
: advantage of it.
: Despite this, aside from assuaging national
: pride, it is difficult to see what real
: advantage Spain would have from
: incorporating Gibraltar into Spain, against
: the wishes of almost the entire population
: of the Rock who do not want to be governed
: by Spain. The current prosperity of
: Gibraltar, based substantially on financial
: services, etc, would be destroyed
: immediately these advantages are withdrawn
: and Gibraltarians subjected to Spanish taxes
: and regulations. Those who generate the
: prosperity of the Rock can easily relocate
: elsewhere and will surely do so.
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