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MP Rosindell: Time for Spain to back off, time for Britain to back up Gibraltar

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 05:41 UTC
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“The reality Madrid must accept is that Gibraltar is firmly British. It has been for hundreds of years, and the people have no desire to become part of Spain”. “The reality Madrid must accept is that Gibraltar is firmly British. It has been for hundreds of years, and the people have no desire to become part of Spain”.
Spain’s Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, stated recently that hostile Spanish policies towards Gibraltar were ‘bearing fruit’. Spain’s Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, stated recently that hostile Spanish policies towards Gibraltar were ‘bearing fruit’.
In the latest provocative incident the crew of a Spanish customs ship actually fired shots and threw bricks at a British-Gibraltarian fishing cruise. In the latest provocative incident the crew of a Spanish customs ship actually fired shots and threw bricks at a British-Gibraltarian fishing cruise.

Britain cannot allow Spain to continue to ignore international law and bully Gibraltar, said MP Andrew Rosindell following the latest incursion in Gibraltar waters, this time a Spanish Customs crew that actually fired shots to a British-Gibraltarian fishing cruise.

 “The reality that Madrid must accept is that Gibraltar is firmly British. It has been so for hundreds of years, and the people have no desire to become a part of Spain. In 2002, they roundly rejected the prospect of sharing their sovereignty with Spain” added MP Rosindell.

In a heavy worded statement, the representative for Romford constituency said that “another week, another incursion. It seems now that barely a week goes by without another story of Spanish violations of British-Gibraltarian sovereignty. This week, however, tensions were severely escalated, when the crew of a Spanish customs ship actually fired shots and threw bricks at a British-Gibraltarian fishing cruise.

”These incidents have become so common over the past year that fewer and fewer people in Britain pay any attention to them. But imagine if the French coastguard began ramming British ships coming out of the port of Dover – the British people would rightly be outraged! We cannot allow Spain to continue to ignore international law and bully Gibraltar. It sets a bad precedent for maritime borders everywhere, and is increasingly making the sea-faring citizens of Gibraltar feel unsafe in their own territory.

“The reality that Madrid must accept is that Gibraltar is firmly British. It has been so for hundreds of years, and the people have no desire to become a part of Spain. In 2002, they roundly rejected the prospect of sharing their sovereignty with Spain, demonstrating to the world that they aren’t Spanish, and don’t want to be.

”Successive Spanish governments, however, have made recovering the sovereignty of Gibraltar a stated aim. Indeed, Spain’s Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel García-Margallo, stated recently that hostile Spanish policies towards Gibraltar were ‘bearing fruit’. Spain is continuously pushing the issue of Gibraltarian sovereignty at international conferences, and even has a team in its Ministry of Foreign Affairs dedicated to preparing briefings, analysis, and proposals on regaining control of the Territory.

“The territorial incursions we have seen in recent weeks are part of a concentrated policy by Spain to act is if Gibraltar is already theirs. Their hope is that the Gibraltarian people will eventually give up the fight and accept Spanish sovereignty as the de facto state of affairs. We simply cannot allow that to happen, and Her Majesty’s Government must stand up to Madrid.

”The British response to incursions into Gibraltarian waters over the past year or so has been weak. We must accept that Spain will not let up in its determination to take control of Gibraltar, and so we cannot continue to respond to incursions into Gibraltarian waters with the same old diplomatic platitudes. Britain must make a show of force – we can only tell Spain what to do from a position of strength. The Royal Navy presence in Gibraltar must be beefed up, and we must demonstrate to the Spanish that their continued disregard for international law will not be tolerated”.

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  • golfcronie

    Here, here thats the spirit ( smuggled into Spain )

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 06:46 am 0
  • Skip

    Spain hasn't gained a thing. And Britain hasn't lost anything.

    If this is the new status quo then who really cares?

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 06:49 am 0
  • sceptic64

    We care. We have daily incursions by Spanish state vessels, breaking laws and committing acts of piracy. In recent weeks we have had a/ the SVA sailing straight into a demarcated swimming area on a beach; b/ helicopter and seaborne invasion of our territorial waters in the middle of the night without prior warning; c/ attempted boarding, theft of a local boat and abduction of its crew by the Guardia; the SVA shooting at people sailing off our shore, only 1km from land.

    And the UK, which is responsible for 'upholding sovereignty' does nothing while we are no longer safe in our own waters due to the criminal activities and acts of piracy committed by the third-world nation we suffer a border with.

    The Spanish concept is that, with these repeated incursions, they 'show jurisdiction'. Each time they do so the UK sends a protest note, and the Spanish answer that “the waters are Spanish”. It is the UK's duty to therefore uphold its sovereignty of the waters by action, rather than merely failing to respond to Spanish lies.

    The next incursion by armed gangs must be met by the Royal Navy who should assist local police with the arrest of these armed pirate gangs.

    Aug 29th, 2015 - 09:09 am 0
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