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UK reaffirms support for Gibraltar and warns about “escalation”

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 - 20:17 UTC
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Europe Minister David Lidington repeated the UK’s commitment to the people of Gibraltar in a speech to a packed Gibraltar Day reception in the Guildhall in London. Lidington spoke of the close ties that continued to bind the City of London and the UK to Gibraltar. Read full article

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  • Anglotino

    Plans are obviously afoot.

    Gibraltar has been ramping up its distinct identity internationally a lot more lately. And the UK is now also pushing the 'relationship' and 'links' between the two separate 'countries'.

    No wonder Spain is so annoyed. It's trying to get the world to see Gibraltar as part of Spain and here's Gibraltar in everyone's faces as a fully functional state.

    UK and Gibraltar play the long game and Spain still doesn't realise it.

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 08:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Asdrúbal el Bello

    Doesn't Spain still realise it?
    What part of “Escalation would be in nobody's interests” do not you understand?
    Spain is testing when start screaming in Gibraltar and London. Two hours queues at the border is no longer enough, then they have reached 4 hours today with special units antiterrorist of Guardia Civil. The Guardia Civil boats cause no reaction, send corvettes of the Armada with 76 mm cannons and harpoons. This week there have been military maneuvers in a circle of 100 km around Gibraltar.
    The thing looks bad, I'm afraid. Soon we will be looking for a way out without losing the tail.

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 09:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    1 “Asdrubal”

    “The thing looks bad, I'm afraid. Soon we will be looking for a way out without losing the tail.”

    Who is “we”?
    And what is the “tail”?

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 11:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Spain is already looking for a way out.

    The UK and Gibraltar are quite happy as Spain is playing right into their hands. In over 300 years, Spain has never won when it comes to Gibraltar.

    Perhaps some people never learn. Either that or idiots can't learn.

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 11:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tezza

    I have to say I see no evidence that Spain is backing out of anything, the conquistadors are making life difficult with ever increasing queues to get in and out of Gibraltar..their paramilitaries, Guardia Civil and navy are frequently testing British Territorial waters, even to the point of trying to board shipping, and shooting at jet skiers.

    Spain isn't a real democracy and feels free to tread on its own people, this gives them even less to worry about when it comes to bullying the residents of a genuine democracy. Their history of barbarism is long and shameful (the inquisition, the genocide and destruction of 2 civilisations in the Americas, the torture of animals in their own country etc) and that casual attitude to human rights and dignity hasn't changed in the latest anti British stance they've taken.

    If I were thinking about holidays in Spain in the coming season, I'd think again, already British cars are being vandelised, ex pats Spanish homes attacked and the Spanish media are very antagonistic toward the British...I certainly wouldn't risk the safety of my family (no matter how small the risk) by going anywhere near the place right now.

    Oct 23rd, 2013 - 07:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Come on, Tezza.
    No real risk.
    Spain and Gib. are nothing like South America when it comes to risk, believe me!
    I seem to spend time in Spain and Gib. each year now, and also - as you know - have a fair knowledge of Central and South America. There is no comparison.
    To use Elaine's immortal phrase, the pissing contest between the politicians is a matter of inconvenience to the Iberians, not dead bodies in the streets. I meet none but truely pleasant people in both Spain and Gibraltar.

    Oct 23rd, 2013 - 12:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tezza

    I accept that Spain is not as bad as South America, however it has become very antagonistic towards the British of late...I live in Gibraltar now and not only witness border queues of up to 7 hours, but also read what the Spanish say about the British online...it may have been their corrupt government that started this business to distract people from the corruption allegations they now face...but the effect has been to generate real hatred toward us (British and Gibraltarian)

    I also accept that those who cause vandalism against cars, properties etc are a minority, however it only takes one hot head to cause real damage...besides that right wing government could do with fewer British tourists so they can feel the financial effect in the coming months, they are trying to ruin Gibraltars economy, let's have a go at their failed model.

    Oct 23rd, 2013 - 02:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/gibraltar/10383453/Gibraltar-Tory-MP-calls-for-new-law-on-British-waters-around-the-territory.html

    Comments section please.

    Oct 23rd, 2013 - 03:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BritishAlways

    The spaniards are deeply frustrated that all their weapons are spent. They’ve thrown it all together with their lies and bullying and all of which are being demolished. The only real weapon they have ever had is inconveniencing, intimidation and creating fear. All of which is water off a duck’s back. Rather starve than be spanish ruled by dictators. You would have to be a real 24 carat gold cretin to want to go from a democracy to a dictatorship.

    Oct 23rd, 2013 - 04:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    The sooner this water extension happens the better,

    But all this rhetoric from Spain will only subside when she thinks she will lose or be taken to court,

    But let’s face it, the EU has no real intentions of doing anything,
    The British government won’t do anything less then zero unless dragged to the point,

    No one else is interested,
    So-
    Either Spain or Britain backs it up fully, or we will be here in a hundred years doing the same thing,
    Just saying like
    Just saying like…lol
    .

    Oct 23rd, 2013 - 06:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • olisipo

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/438660/EXCLUSIVE-don-t-leave-us-behind-if-UK-leaves-EU-says-Gibraltar-s-Chief-Minister

    Comments section please

    Oct 24th, 2013 - 10:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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