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Gibraltar calls for UK to remain in the EU: “it needs to be fixed, not thrown away”

Monday, October 5th 2015 - 08:29 UTC
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The European Union needs to be ‘fixed, not thrown away’, Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has said in a letter to The Times. The letter follows news that Nigel Lawson is to lead the Conservative movement to leave the EU and Mr. Picardo told the newspaper that those whose best future lies in remaining in a secure Europe “need to speak up”. Read full article


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  • Conqueror

    Mr Picardo. As a first point, don't you represent all 32,000 people of Gibraltar, not just the ones the vote?

    But, to the main point, are you seriously suggesting that the more than 64 million people of the UK should remain in the EU for the benefit of 32,000 Gibraltarians? Consider realities. How come thousands of migrants arriving on the south coast of Europe haven't headed straight for Gibraltar? Is your healthcare system burdened by those same migrants? How many arrive expecting to be given somewhere to live? And expecting to live on welfare benefits, none of which they've paid for, for the rest of their lives. Pay attention to what Mr Dartmouth is saying to you.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 11:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Sorry Gibraltar,
    but when we go, you will have a make an historical choice,

    1, remain British and follow us out,
    2, go independent and make your own choices,
    3, remain a part of this European gravy train,

    the latter may well see you handed back to Spain as part of the united states of the European union, and in time become part of the southern province of Spain

    then again, what do I know, its your free choice, but pick very wisely,

    but we will leave regardless.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 11:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anti-Muppet

    I'll always back Gibraltar's stance on the freedom it wants to achieve away from Spain, equally Mr Picardo you should also back our calls for freedom from the EU that would allow us to make our own choices, Other BOT's remain outside of the EU, Gibraltar's position should not override the wishes of the UK population.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 12:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Camoron has backed himself into a corner with this one.

    More and more of his own MPs and Think Tanks are backing the out campaign.

    Picardo must do what he considers is the right thing for Gibraltar without holding the UK to ransom. The problem is of course that Camoron and Co. have not put the grip on the throat of the cretinous Spanish 'government' to get them to toe the line.

    If Gibraltar think they can go it alone without being subsumed by Spain then go for it, BUT don't come crying to the UK expecting our help when it happens.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 01:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    Mr Picaro might find that an EU-exiting UK would leave him in the EU by handing Gibraltar back to Spain if he is representative of their views.

    Has he not noticed how Gibraltar's borders aren't that open with all those Spanish games going on?

    Has he not noticed how craven Mr Cameron is with his wish to be a good EU member and to keep Spain 'onside'?

    Mr Picaro is like a man backing Yugoslavia in May 1991.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 03:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pcIV

    picardo, the llanitos and the stinky rock will receive a huuuge kick in the middle of their smelly arse, once the uk is expelled from the eu

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 05:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Hammond delivers stern warnings over Gibraltar and Falklands

    Delivered a firm warning to Spain yesterday
    With a robust message to Argentina to end its “shameful bullying and harassment” of the Falkland islanders.

    let me clarify something for president Kirchner of Argentina - whatever the Labour leader says, this Conservative government will never sell out the Falkland Islanders.”
    Jeremy Corbyn would risk the sovereignty of Britain’s overseas territories.
    The Conservatives will never betray you
    Said Mr Hammond.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 06:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Sorry Mr Picardo, this is where we part ways in opinion, I like most of my countrymen are fed up of endlessly feeding money into the EU and getting nothing out but a load problems. We have been part of this experiment and it longer suits us and its time for us to leave. You make your own choice who you align yourselves to.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 10:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    British contributors,

    “pcIV” @6, was banned once or twice already, and should be banned again.

    Ignore it.

    Oct 05th, 2015 - 11:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vestige

    Sorry Mr Colonist, this is where we part ways in opinion, I like most of my countrymen are fed up of endlessly feeding money into the Malvinas and getting nothing out but a load problems. We have been part of this experiment and it no longer suits us and its time for us to leave.

    fixed your post 8

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 12:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    The real problem, Mr Picardo, is that only the UK wants the EU to change. The rest of the countries, especially France and Germany, are happy with the bloated corrupt, unelected bureaucracy that dictates what member countries should do.

    And if there is no will to change what's the point of tethering yourself to a sinking ship?

    And make no mistake, the EU is sinking, because of the single currency. Countries like Spain, Greece, Ireland and Italy, didn't meet the required fiscal and economic standards to join the single currency, but the Germans and French wanted to push through their own agenda's, despite the UK's warning's about it all.

    And the UK was right, and now many member nations have to throw good money after bad to keep Greece and Spain afloat. Ireland was the lucky one. They were bailed out by the UK without all the painful EU add-ons, such as raiding bank accounts etc...

    Economics cannot be constrained by political will and decisions.

    So while, for a very long time, I was an advocate of Europe, I honestly don't see how any democratic nation can remain a member unless there is massive reform. And that reform must take power away from Germany, France and even the UK, and give the smaller nations the more power.

    They need to get rid of the unelected bureaucrats, and make the EU Parliament more than just a mere talking shop. They need a second tier of government, perhaps a Senate like in the US, where each country gets their own Senator, and each Senator gets one vote, no matter the size of that country.

    This second level of government can then sanity check what the EU Parliament is doing.

    But if the EU refuses to change, and it is, then it is quite probably that the UK will leave. And if the UK leaves, other may just follow. Denmark has certainly made no bones about it. They have stated in the past that they would seriously think about leaving if the UK does.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 04:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    The EU is making a laughing stock out of this country
    Every time the UK has tried to block a law in the European Council of Ministers, that law has been introduced anyway.
    In the 19 years from 1996 to 2014 we voted No 55 times without it making a scrap of difference.
    In David Cameron’s five years as Prime Minister we’ve voted No 23 times and abstained 18 times and still the measures went through.
    We’re not talking about daft red tape on straight bananas, bent cucumbers or whether prunes can be sold as laxatives.
    We’re not even talking about the design of desk lamps, the noise of lawnmowers or the kind of light bulbs we can use.
    We’re talking about major, heavyweight issues which have a direct and costly bearing on our country.
    Issues like the number of hours we can work (cost of EU regulation to the UK £4billion), energy and climate change (£3billion) and employment rights for temporary workers (£2billion).
    Read on=

    But we have a veto at the top table=more lies.
    Veto? What veto? UK government votes fail to block a single European Union measure
    BRITISH government votes failed to block a single European Union measure during David Cameron's first five years in office, new research showed yesterday

    SDSR 2015
    read it..

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 10:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
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  • Briton

    For a non brit, you have no idea,

    and probable never will,

    unless you are European.

    Oct 06th, 2015 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Great_coral_aTrolL

    @1, 11

    There goes respect for self-determination.


    Oct 09th, 2015 - 01:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    Tobi will be Brassiero

    Oct 09th, 2015 - 04:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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