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Spain will bring up the issue of Gibraltar, 'the very next day' UK votes to leave European Union

Saturday, March 5th 2016 - 08:52 UTC
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 Chief Minister Picardo said it is the type of attitude to expect from Garcia Margallo, and demonstrates that Gibraltar is far safer within the European Union. Chief Minister Picardo said it is the type of attitude to expect from Garcia Margallo, and demonstrates that Gibraltar is far safer within the European Union.

The caretaker Spanish Foreign Secretary, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, has declared that he will bring up the question of Gibraltar ‘the very next day’ if the UK votes to leave the European Union on 23rd June. The interview has been described by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo as an example of why it's so much more important for Gibraltar to remain in Europe.

The Foreign Secretary, whose mandate expired three months ago, is still in post because the Spanish political parties have yet not come to an agreement of who will form a coalition Government. He made the declaration in an interview on the Spanish national radio on Friday.

Reacting to the statement, the Chief Minister says this is exactly the type of attitude we’ve come to expect from Mr Garcia Margallo, and it demonstrates that Gibraltar is far safer within the European Union.

He says the Foreign Secretary’s statement will take no-one by surprise and is perfectly consistent with the manner and form which has characterized his tenure at the Palacio de Santa Cruz.

Picardo said Garcia Margallo’s behavior is also perfectly consistent with the analysis in last week’s UK report which highlighted the possibility that Spain could take advantage of Brexit in order to close the frontier.

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  • Skip

    So what?

    They'll bring it up.... woopdedoo!

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 10:46 am 0
  • Briton

    Spain would raise Gibraltar ‘the day after Brexit’ – Margallo
    chronicle.gi/2016/03/spain-would-raise-gibraltar-the-day-after-brexit-margallo/
    Spain would seek talks on Gibraltar “the very next day” after a British withdrawal from the European Union, the country’s caretaker Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, said yesterday
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    Perhaps Gibraltar should seek even closer ties with the UK and become part of Britain, and send MPs to Westminster,

    One thinks that Spain may well find the border being closed again,
    Spain thinks she will become the privileged state in a new united states of Europe, the brain washing is already taking place,

    I think Gibraltar being part of the UK will protect her future,
    A united states of Europe, with Britain stuck in, will make Gibraltar more European not British,
    All im saying is, the world is changing, the old greedy dictatorships and unified states are already rearing their ugly heads,
    I would rather be part of the UK now, and securing my future,
    Rather than relying on corrupt [remain] politicians that will see us both part of a European dictatorship,
    Just my opinion.
    ..

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 11:13 am 0
  • ChrisR

    Picardo needs to think this through very carefully indeed.

    I suspect that the areas local to Gib want things to remain as they are otherwise there will be massive job losses that Gollum won't be able to replace.

    Given that the UK will leave I would have thought that Gib has everything to gain and very little to lose.

    Mar 05th, 2016 - 12:20 pm 0
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