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UK minister says Gibraltar dispute ‘could cloud bilateral relationship with Spain’

Friday, September 6th 2013 - 00:26 UTC
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Britain’s relationship with Spain could be damaged by the ongoing dispute over Gibraltar, Europe Minister David Lidington warned. Lidington told the Financial Times there was a danger the row would overshadow all other parts of the Anglo-Spanish relationship. “There is clearly a risk that this will cloud the bilateral relationship,” he said. Read full article


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  • Conqueror

    “Could”? The correct word is “has”. Tired of bumptious, bankrupt latino places trying to STEAL our territories, damage OUR citizens and take unjustified pops at us. We all know about argieland. Useless incompetence. Desperately looking for credibility it will never have. And now Spain is trying the same thing. Haven't they noticed how well argieland got on....NOT! The argies pushed and pushed and pushed until they got a war. That they were never going to win. Is Spain going to go down the same line? Documents in its own national archive show that it has NO claim. No claim to the territory, no claim to the waters, no claim to the airspace, no right to inhibit the border, no right to fish, no right to take executive action in BGTW, no right to put Gibraltar matters before Spanish courts, no “right” to intrude into BGTW. Given that Spain is such crap at handling its own affairs and territory, interfering with somewhere that is so much better governed doesn't make a lot of sense. Listen up, Gibraltar, do what the Falklands have done. Make the whole situation clear. Get rid of the myths. Instead of the International Court of Justice, try taking Spain to the International Criminal Court. Criminally fishing in Gibraltar waters, criminally restricting access, criminally impeding imports, criminal incursions into BGTW by Spanish state vessels. Meanwhile, block everything Spain wants to do, everywhere.

    Sep 06th, 2013 - 04:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    '... Meanwhile, block everything Spain wants to do, everywhere.'

    I think that this will happen, quietly and unspoken - the British are so very good at this.
    The IMF, the Milan Olympic bid, Spanish fishing off the Dungeness beaches, any activity critical to Spain's survival;
    all will be made more difficult, pressed where things might previously have been let pass.
    And most definitely, more military materiel will 'drop in' to the Rock on a more frequent basis.

    This will be a long-term, totally unambiguous message,
    and it will take unambiguous acts of contrition by Spain to return to a previous pacific state.

    If the UK are willing to do this with TFI, some 10,000 miles away, how much easier is it with the Rock being just 1,000 away.

    Sep 06th, 2013 - 08:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gonzo22

    Apparently, Spaniards don't give a toss about it.

    Sep 06th, 2013 - 09:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    3 BOZO22
    “Apparently, Spaniards don't give a toss about it.”

    Does this have the veracity like the “fact” that TMBOA WILL get the Malvinas (spit) “back” before she gets her arse kicked out of The Dark Country? A place the argies have NEVER had?

    Well, I can tell you poor sods in cuckooland that the spicks WILL care a toss about it when the Brits do not come in their droves for holidays next year. And when the Brits veto the EU bailout funding for the bunch of low lifes running Spain into the ground.

    Bit of deja-vu for you argies then?

    Sep 06th, 2013 - 01:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Sorry Chris, I really don't think the average Brit on a week's binge to the cheapest sun will give a damn. Getting hammered and laid all week is more important to them than the future of British Protectorates [Maybe I'm just getting too old].
    At least Billy Hague knows where not to holiday!

    Sep 06th, 2013 - 04:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Iron Man

    Well I just booked a golf trip. Been many times to Spain and would have gone again, but this time it's Portugal instead.

    Sep 06th, 2013 - 05:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    5 GeoffWard2

    I agree about the cheapo morons who go for the drinking however, my friend who usually takes her family to Spain will not be going until they put the prices back down!

    Apparently the prices this year have been very much higher without anything better to show for it. That, coupled with the grandchildren wanting to go to Turkey, has decided it for her.

    And a huge number of families go to Spain (at the moment).

    Sep 07th, 2013 - 08:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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