The second day of the royal visit to Gibraltar began at HM Naval Base. The Duke of Wessex was welcomed by a group of children waving flags lining the balcony of The Tower. He inspected some of the units of HM forces Gibraltar, the fire service, bomb disposal, the police and one of their dogs. Read full article
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The Gibraltarian view is that the projection was too small and it needs to be there permanently. Long live British Gibraltar and the Gibraltarians !Jun 14th, 2012 - 02:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
For The Duke and DuchessJun 14th, 2012 - 05:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Spain will go to the United Nations on Friday to insist that talks are opened on the sovereignty of Gibraltar
Earl and Countess of Wessex not DukeJun 14th, 2012 - 05:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
@2 - yes Marcos, no doubt they will. There're always bitching about something, a bit like the Argentinians.Jun 14th, 2012 - 06:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
But the Treaty of Utrect clearly states that Spain willing gave sovereignty to Great Britain in 1713. That means its been British longer than it was Spanish (as we know Spain today). So next year Gibraltar will have been continuously British for 300 years.
But the people of Gibraltar will have yet another referendum to show the world that they want to remain British and espress their self determination to do so.
I wonder why it's so hard for the Spanish to understand? But then Argentina seems to have the same mindset.
Funny how they are going to have a rant at the UN at the same time that they are getting bailed out by the EU.Jun 14th, 2012 - 08:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
I assume they've seen the nationalist fervour in Argentina and thought we'll have some of that
What I can never understand is that repeated failure to achieve anything doesn't seem to dent their morale.
It seems Spain is just claiming that self determination is a breach of the Treaty of Utrecht. They want the UK to simply tell them to get lost as the treaty entitles the UK to do.
It's been 300 years guys - get over it.
Issues like Gibraltar (or the Falklands) are convenient tools for politicians to distract their population from larger difficulties at home - or to score points.Jun 14th, 2012 - 09:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
The Spanish will probably get over when or if their economy improves.
There was a very interesting article in El Pais a few days ago in which a Spanish economics professor lamented the nationalistic bleating over Gibraltar at a time when Spain should be concentrating on the incredibly serious problems it faces and when it needs all the friends it can get.Jun 14th, 2012 - 11:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
And again Spain, goes to the UN and demands sovereignty over Gibraltar,Jun 14th, 2012 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Just like CFK they perceive us as weak,
we reap what Cameron sows .