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London dismisses bilateral dialogue over Gibraltar; “UK's position on sovereignty remains unchanged”

Thursday, September 29th 2016 - 20:08 UTC
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Britain has dismissed a formal Spanish request for bilateral dialogue over Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Chronicle has published. A letter from acting Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo was handed to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by a senior official from the Spanish embassy in London on September 20. Read full article


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  • Brit Bob

    But what is Spain's claim to Gibraltar?

    Oh dear, worse the mythical Malvinas claim:

    Time for García-Margallo & Co to jog on.

    Sep 30th, 2016 - 09:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Catalonian independence vote next year, it might not have been approved by Spain's government but I doubt the EU will be able to ignore it, or Spain for that matter. The EU hated the fact we had a referendum, they are not democratic and neither is Spain.

    We all quickly forget that this country only became a democracy in 1975, most of its current caretaker government are from that era, they don't believe in democratic values. They want all the benefits of the EU and are net receivers of EU funds, but are angered when told how they can spend and borrow by Germany and told to follow fiscal and monetary rules.

    When we leave the EU, our contribution of 12.5 billion a year will go with it, that means less money for Spain unless Germany is prepared to stoke up the extra cash

    As usual Spain has its priorities and screwed up, they should be on their knees begging the UK for money, not pissing us off.

    Sep 30th, 2016 - 10:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    But Picardo seems to be wavering in his loyalties though (it seems).

    Sep 30th, 2016 - 11:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Hmmm, what part of, Fu*k Off, does this Muppet not understand?

    Now we shall see how much support they have in the rest of the EU.

    If Spain as we know it, survives until Brexit.

    They’ll be too busy trying to build a fence along the Catalonia/Spain border so they can charge tolls, and stave off bankruptcy.

    Sep 30th, 2016 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    So Spain is asking for Gibraltar to remain on the EU?

    That could work I suppose.

    Sep 30th, 2016 - 04:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    ‘We will see the Spanish flag on Gibraltar soon’, Spain threatens to take over post-Brexit

    THE Spanish flag will fly on Gibraltar “very soon”, according to Spain’s foreign minister as he seeks to take advantage of Brexit and seize the rock.

    But some say,

    That's irrelevant, they are not on Spanish soil, and they are part of Morroco and Africa. Trust me, the UK will push and support motions with Morocco and African countries to take them back.

    Remember this, when Spain played this game before, the entire commonwealth switched votes, and the Spanish vote collapsed because of this leaving Madrid bewildered. The commonwealth is 6 times the size of the EU, and has very strong links to the UK.

    I talk to my Spanish friends and they think the whole Gibraltar show is a crock of sh*t and are not interested in it. They are not interested, and think the Spanish government is trying to cover up it's failures. In fact it's so damn corrupt there are more back handers than the Russian and Italian mafia combined. Saying that there is no Spanish government, and Spain is dropping in relevancy even in the EU.

    But believe me, this saber rattling will only gain support among the anglosphere to support countries like Morocco at the UN level to take back territories on their land. BTW Spain has no mandate in the UN but the UK does.

    You cannot have your cake both ways Spain and be careful of the Pandora box you open.

    Spain like Argentina would sell their own grandmothers to get what they are not entitled to.

    And see their own countries sink,

    Sep 30th, 2016 - 07:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • sceptic64

    #3: “But Picardo seems to be wavering in his loyalties though” - nope, not at all. In any case he knows any deal of this nature would be complete electoral suicide.

    He's entitled to ask the UK to take our situation into consideration, but there's no wavering of loyalties at all.

    #6: “I talk to my Spanish friends and they think the whole Gibraltar show is a crock of sh*t and are not interested in it. They are not interested, and think the Spanish government is trying to cover up it's failures”

    Largely true.

    Oct 03rd, 2016 - 07:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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