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Gibraltar contracts top politician to lobby for the Rock's interests in Brussels

Tuesday, October 28th 2014 - 04:03 UTC
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Sir Graham Watson has been hired by the Gibraltar Government to represent the Rock in Brussels on a three-year contract. His recruitment is part of Gibraltar's move to strengthen its presence in Brussels to ensure that Gibraltar’s voice is heard on issues that may impact on the Rock’s community and economy. Read full article


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  • Anglotino

    Madrid must be happy that it is finally starting to see results of its actions.....


    Oct 28th, 2014 - 08:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Spain looks at left foot and fires LOL

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 09:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussiesunshinee

    well look at it this way!! take advantage while Watson is in Belgium now cause by
    2017 the UK will be out of the EU and so will Gibraltar.VOTE UKIP!!!

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 10:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @3. I do hope so. Just think. A new British Empire. Army increased to 1 million personnel. Royal Air Force increased to 5,000 aircraft. Royal Navy increased to 12 carrier battle groups. Plus additional cruisers, destroyers, frigates. Maybe 20 ballistic missile submarines. 40 nuclear-powered fleet submarines. 500 Fleet Air Arm aircraft. Plus helicopters all round. Including Apaches. Britain 'recovers' its empire and adds south america.

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussiesunshinee

    yeah!! and a quarter of UK children living in poverty....
    read today´s Time newspaper..........

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    @ 3 Spanishsunshine. You forget that Jersey and Guernsey aren't in the EU either but have a perfectly good relationship with the rest of Europe. I expect that unemployment in Spain will remain high a around 25 percent against 2 percent in Gibraltar.

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 02:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussiesunshinee

    vote UKIP!! Vote UKIP!!

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 02:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    “Gibraltar contracts top politician to lobby for the Rock's interests in Brussels”

    gibraltar is just a rock with monkeys ruled by a pig.
    their interests can be summarized in receiving peanuts and bananas everyday.
    what interests in brussels is this tw@t talking about?

    as for “sir” (lol) graham watson, he should explain why he supported so strongly the rise of dan voiculescu, a former top officer during nicolae ceausescu’s dictatorship

    so, ceausescu first and now seems his records are not the best.

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 04:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    I can imagine the profanities currently being expressed in Madrid at this action. The above would pale in comparison.

    If Gibraltar leaves the EU then Spain would be devastated as it would lose almost all its leverage against it.

    What!? Longer border queues? Hardly a threat any longer.

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 09:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Today Spanish navy exercises with nato troops, a RFA refuels a Spanish ship,

    are we to soft, or to cautious,
    will Gibraltar be pushed into the EU, or will it come with us,
    will Spain cry foul or will she crack up,
    oh decisions , decisions.

    Oct 28th, 2014 - 11:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • FI_Frost

    @5 Fake Aussie Tan

    If you are going to quote UK poverty stats, from a UK news source, then can you please put it into context of what the UK Govt. definition of poverty is in the UK? This is very, very relavent to any off topic point you are trying to make; you will find this definition is somewhat 'different' compared to poverty levels you are living in, or have left. Apologies for sounding smug.

    Oct 29th, 2014 - 12:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • inthegutter


    Despite your insults it is unambiguously wealthier than either Argentina or Spain. It has close to zero unemployment (c.f. Spain's ~25%).

    Your post just reeks of nothing but jealousy.


    Yes, a quarter of children in the UK probably do live in RELATIVE poverty. The key is RELATIVE, i.e. relative to the average wage in the UK, which is >> than, for example, Argentina. The number of people in absolute poverty in the UK is negligible (effectively zero). Muppet.

    Oct 29th, 2014 - 11:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussiesunshinee

    If Gib leaves the EU. Spain will have 100 percent control of the border and do as it pleases.That is why Gibraltar is scare shitless if The UK pulls out of the union......

    Oct 29th, 2014 - 12:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    If UKIP get into government they have pledged to divert foreign aid money to BOTs first and to base whatever force is necessary in Gibraltar to confront Spain.

    So if UK leave the EU Gibraltar will get support from the UK under a UKIP government

    If UKIP get in-Britain will reclaim it's fishing rights and as that is where Spain makes a lot of money-Spain will lose big time.

    Gibraltar will trade with other countries if Spain doesn't want Gibraltar's money.
    If the UK leaves the EU, I take it Spain will have to contribute money rather than scrounging unless another large contributor like the UK joins.

    Oct 29th, 2014 - 02:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    if the uk leaves the eu, spain will close that gate and the whole bunch of macacos will remain caged like in the zoo.

    Oct 29th, 2014 - 02:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • FI_Frost


    And what will that achieve? What did Argentina achieve ripping up fishing and resource agreements with FIG? What did Franco achieve? If Spain locked the gate on their side then get ready for a riot in La linea.

    Like Spain, you are impotent when it comes to dealing with theses matters. Why not go and burn a Union Jack - that's the only thing you people are capable of; that and throwing rocks at dodgy gringo number plates :)

    Oct 29th, 2014 - 03:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    @13 & 15

    Nice to see that you are concerned for the 10,000 residents of the La linea area who rely on Gibraltar for employment.

    Gibraltar will always find ways to survive and thrive unlike S pain.

    Oct 29th, 2014 - 04:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Argentina , like Spain, are seedless

    Oct 29th, 2014 - 07:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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