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Strong reply to Spanish King: Gibraltar is the most important voice in dialogue

Thursday, July 13th 2017 - 07:56 UTC
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The King of Spain in his address in Westminster Hall placed the focus on bilateral dialogue between London and Madrid on the Gibraltar question The King of Spain in his address in Westminster Hall placed the focus on bilateral dialogue between London and Madrid on the Gibraltar question
Chief Minister of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP Chief Minister of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP

The comment about Gibraltar made by the King of Spain in his address in Westminster Hall places the focus on bilateral dialogue between London and Madrid as the way forward to address Spain's differences with the UK over the Decolonization of Gibraltar.

 “This approach is undemocratic as it completely ignores the existence of the people of Gibraltar and the democratic requirement in this day and age to act only in accordance with our wishes. There are therefore not two relevant Governments, but three.

”Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar is the most important voice of all as it represents the views, wishes and choices of the British people of Gibraltar.

“The plain fact is that Spain lost Gibraltar over three hundred years ago and that Gibraltar has been British ever since. Spain ceded Gibraltar in perpetuity in 1713. In two referenda held in 1967 and 2002 the people of Gibraltar voted to remain British. Madrid must come to terms with these facts of history and move on”.

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, said: “The people of Gibraltar want normal, friendly relations with Spain on the same basis as with any other country. However, we have no desire to form part of Spain or to come under Spanish sovereignty in any shape or form. In the times in which we live, territories cannot be traded from one monarch to another like pawns in a chess game.

The concept of human rights and democracy means that the wishes of people must come first, as much of His Majesty the King of Spain's address to Westminster Hall rightly identified. But those principles are not just abstract ones; they apply to Gibraltar and its people too. In Gibraltar the people have spoken loud and clear. Our freely expressed democratic wishes must be respected and that means understanding Gibraltar will remain 100% British.”

- Spanish King VI address in Westminster Hall

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  • golfcronie

    The same can be said of the FALKLAND ISLANDS.The population have a right for SELF-DETERMINATION as in GIB.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 10:19 am +3
  • Marti Llazo

    “Spanish king” still has a Monty Python sound to it. No doubt his mother was a hamster, and his father smelt of elderberries.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 01:44 pm +3
  • Conqueror

    @Twink. by any reasonable definition, Queen Victoria was not geman[sic]. Holding a title does not confer nationality. For instance, Queen Victoria held the title “Empress of India”. Did that make her Indian? Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. George III was the third British monarch of the House of Hanover, but unlike his two predecessors, he was born in Britain, spoke English as his first language, and never visited Hanover. Therefore, he was British. And so was Victoria. Go back long enough, Twink, and your “ancestors” were Neanderthals. And your “line” doesn't seem to have changed. Why do you think most of your “ancestors” died out? You were overtaken by a better species. Much like Britain overtook Spain. There are just a few remnants left. any number of whom scatter around the world hoping that they won't be noticed.

    Oh, and there is no “English” Parliament. It's the Parliament of the United Kingdom and it has members of a number of “nationalities”. Even Scots and Irish are allowed in.

    Jul 13th, 2017 - 08:15 pm +2
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