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The Times comes strongly in support of Gibraltar’s wish to be ruled from Britain

Wednesday, July 31st 2013 - 16:34 UTC
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The editorial refers to the ongoing dispute over Gibraltar waters The editorial refers to the ongoing dispute over Gibraltar waters

An editorial entitled ‘Spain should respect Gibraltarians’ wish to be ruled from Britain’ The Times on Tuesday sent one of its firmest views expressed in recent decades calling on Spain to form their policies around the concept of consent.

The editorial stated:

“To be made to sit in a car for six hours in searing heat may not be the worst instance of arbitrary power but it is heavy-handed. It is what Spanish border guards have required, with rigorous searches of vehicles, in recent days at the crossing point into Gibraltar. Although the Spanish Foreign Ministry maintains that Spain has the right and obligation to exercise controls, there is little doubt about what sparked them. Gibraltar constructed an artificial reef last week to deter Spanish fishing.

The dispute between Britain and Spain over the sovereignty of Gibraltar is longstanding. It has no immediate prospect of being resolved because Britain has a democratic obligation to the Rock’s 30,000 inhabitants. They want Gibraltar to remain a British overseas territory. The British Government should uphold that wish and the Spanish Government should respect it.

Under the Treaty of Utrecht of 1713, the town and harbour of Gibraltar were ceded to Britain “to be held and enjoyed absolutely with all manner of right for ever”. No British government would insist on maintaining this provision just for a piece of rock covering two and a half square miles, however. The crucial principle is consent. Gibraltarians do not consent to a transfer of sovereignty.

Spain has every right to seek to persuade the people of Gibraltar of the advantages of such an arrangement. Nor should democratic governments in Madrid be tarnished by the record of the Franco dictatorship, which restricted movement across the frontier with Gibraltar from 1965 to 1968 and then closed it. The Government of Mariano Rajoy, however, is inviting the comparison by its behaviour. It should stop.

As partners in the EU and Nato, Britain and Spain are committed to democratic principles and have common ends. Spain needs to accept that democracy applies to Gibraltar too.”


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  • ChrisR

    They are low class Spaniards, lacking intellect and education in diplomacy that are in “government” at the moment, so is anyone surprised at the way they are behaving?

    Their version of Gollum does as much for Spain as Timmerturd does for The Dark Country.

    The big problem is Camoron, not Hague. The sooner he goes the better the chances of the Conservatives winning the next election: with him there they have none.

    If the Gibraltarians want direct government then what exactly is the problem?

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 05:18 pm 0
  • Vestige

    Oh no .... the times wrong an article.

    The treaty also said no Jews or Moors were to live in Gibraltar, the treaty also didn't include a large section of land now claimed as part of Gib, or its waters.

    They need to stop that thing with making people stay in their cars for 6 hours, the kindest thing to do would be to close the border.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 06:49 pm 0
  • aussie sunshine

    British exports abroad!! Bloody disgrace!!

    Is this the best you have? making ass* h* of yourselves!!

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 06:59 pm 0
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