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Germany optimistic about “a friendly and sensible political agreement” over Gibraltar

Wednesday, May 10th 2017 - 08:06 UTC
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Martin Schäfer, Foreign Ministry spokesperson said ”one side or the other, probably the UK, will want to put Gibraltar on the agenda” for Brexit negotiations. Martin Schäfer, Foreign Ministry spokesperson said ”one side or the other, probably the UK, will want to put Gibraltar on the agenda” for Brexit negotiations.

The German Government believes Brexit offers “a possibly historic opportunity” for the UK and Spain to reach “a friendly and sensible” political agreement over Gibraltar’s legal status, according to Spanish press reports.

 Martin Schäfer, spokesman at the Foreign Ministry, was asked about Gibraltar during a press conference and made clear that the German Government would not get involved in a “dispute” going back centuries.

But he was quoted by Spanish news agency Efe as saying that “one side or the other, probably the British side, will want to put Gibraltar on the agenda” for Brexit negotiations.

“The position of the German Government could not be clearer: we want a sensible and friendly political agreement between the states that are faced off politically and legally on this issue, in this case Spain and the United Kingdom,” he was quoted as saying.

“Perhaps the process for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU that is starting now is a historic opportunity to tackle and clarify this issue once and for all.”

According to the Spanish report, Mr Schäfer acknowledged that both the UK and Spain were adamant in their respective positions, with each government insisting there is nothing to discuss.

 

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  • Brit Bob

    Funny thing is, Spain gave Gibraltar away again in 1975. So who needs Utrecht?

    Gibraltar – Helsinki Accord 1975 https://www.academia.edu/32824301/Gibraltar_-Helsinki_Accord_1975

    May 10th, 2017 - 02:38 pm +2
  • Capt Rockhopper

    Spain needs to be careful, they stand to lose their territories on the African continent. If Europe's stance is to rid it's self of alleged colonies, then should it no give up it's EU colonies like Ceuta & Melilla and hand them back to Morocco?

    May 11th, 2017 - 03:38 am +1
  • Pete Bog

    @Demon Tree

    “ It's not a question of invading or of the law but of economics.”

    True, like 10,000 Spaniards being employed in Gib, and the money the UK puts into the Spanish economy.

    May 12th, 2017 - 02:37 pm +1
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