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Strong reactions from Andalucía and London to Garcia Margallo Gibraltar shared sovereignty rhetoric

Thursday, October 20th 2016 - 12:50 UTC
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Andalucia argued that – with 10,000 jobs in play – all parties should be working together now to find solutions to the challenges thrown up by Brexit. Andalucia argued that – with 10,000 jobs in play – all parties should be working together now to find solutions to the challenges thrown up by Brexit.
Campo de Gibraltar president Luis Angel Fernandez Rodriguez said prefer “a politics of collaboration, good neighborly relations and economic cooperation” Campo de Gibraltar president Luis Angel Fernandez Rodriguez said prefer “a politics of collaboration, good neighborly relations and economic cooperation”
London reaffirmed “it will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against their wishes” London reaffirmed “it will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against their wishes”

The Junta de Andalucia has distanced itself from Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel García Margallo’s joint sovereignty proposal for Gibraltar. Miguel Angel Vasquez says now is not the time to use inflammatory rhetoric or to talk about joint sovereignty.

 Vasquez said the Junta would always stand by the Spanish central government on the Gibraltar issue, but argued that – with 10,000 jobs in play – all parties should be working together now to find solutions to the challenges thrown up by Brexit.

This sentiment was echoed by the President of the Mancomunidad de Municipios del Campo de Gibraltar. Luis Angel Fernandez Rodriguez who said they would like to see is “a politics of collaboration, good neighborly relations and economic cooperation”

From London, the British government reacting to Garcia Margallo's statements on Tuesday in Algeciras, reaffirmed that “it will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against their wishes. Neither would it enter into any process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content”.

The Foreign Office spokesperson quoted by Gibraltar media added that the UK and Gibraltar Governments would welcome a return to the Trilateral Forum for Dialogue to discuss issues of shared interest with Spain.

On Tuesday Garcia Margallo said that with Brexit Gibraltar would become a third country for the EU, and thus ”the border would become an external border of the EU. Gibraltar would be outside the single market, the four freedoms would not apply.”

“That is what the Treaty says. It’s not what we say we’re going to do, it is what is going to happen and that is what we’re trying to avoid.”

García-Margallo said it was “impossible” for Gibraltar to retain its EU freedoms after the UK left the EU and thus there is no other option for Gibraltar to accept Spanish shared sovereignty with the UK.

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  • Pete Bog

    “ it was “impossible” for Gibraltar to retain its EU freedoms after the UK left the EU

    It was ”impossible” for the UK to win back the Falklands in 1982 .

    If the EU insist on some measure of free movement post Brexit for access to the single market, Gollum is so dumb he forgets that Spain, Germany and many nations sell more to the UK than we sell to them. So EU will want to do a deal. And it will probably allow a degree of free movement, because guess what, people want come to the UK! Are there queues of people lining up to get into Spain? Whatever these unelected idiots in Europe threaten the UK with, is impotent as they don't want queue of unemployed German and Spanish workers lining up to have a go at them, as Chris R suggests. That's Spain's ill thought out assumptions up the swanny then isn't it.

    Oct 20th, 2016 - 07:02 pm +4
  • Bisley

    The Spanish are simply doing the same thing that successive Argentine governments have done with the Falklands -- trying to give the public some other focus for their anger than the corruption and incompetency of their own government.

    Oct 21st, 2016 - 02:50 am +4
  • ChrisR

    Looks like Gollum could end up with a nice little cuchillo between his shoulders if he doesn't watch it!

    10,000 Spanish workers out of jobs are bound to have their revenge!

    http://www.silvercat.com.uy/tienda/cuchillo-modelo-81/

    Oct 20th, 2016 - 01:35 pm +3
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