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US Congress members support for Gibraltar's self determination

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 07:28 UTC
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“I am grateful for the support that members of the US Congress have shown for Gibraltar”, said Minister Lidington “I am grateful for the support that members of the US Congress have shown for Gibraltar”, said Minister Lidington

British Government is working with the US Congress in order to bolster support for Gibraltar’s right to remain under British sovereignty.

 In response to a parliamentary question in the House of Commons, Europe Minister David Lidington said: “I am grateful for the support that members of the US Congress have shown for Gibraltar and we are working with them to build support for Gibraltar’s right to choose to remain under British sovereignty.”

The Minister also re-vowed the UK’s “firm commitment” never to enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their wishes.

And added: “The wishes of the people of Gibraltar to remain British must be respected.”

Mr Lidington said the UK’s position on sovereignty was reaffirmed most recently in the UN Fourth Committee.

This was in response to Tory MP Andrew Rosindell who asked what steps were being taken to encourage support from legislators in the US for British sovereignty over Gibraltar.

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  • Troy Tempest

    That's good - support and affirmation from leading members of the world's most powerful democratic institution. Hooray!

    Nov 10th, 2014 - 08:24 am 0
  • Anglotino

    Nice to see Gibraltar's slow and steady approach is working much better than Spain's schizophrenic ranting and ravings.

    Also just a quick note. I don't think you can “re-vow”. You can renew vows and reiterate them but I've never heard them being re-vowed

    Nov 10th, 2014 - 10:30 am 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Unnecessary, but improved by supportive statements from another powerful nation.

    Probably necessary as Spain will be sensitive about Catalonia.

    “I re-vow to thee, my Country”.
    Probably wise, since Gustav Holst only Vowed in 1921
    - long after Gibraltar's 1579 Treaty of Utrecht established ownership in perpetuity.

    Nov 10th, 2014 - 01:00 pm 0
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