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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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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. Read full article


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  • 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!

    Oct 20th, 2016 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Brit Bob

    Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia-Margallo: 'not sure about success in legal challenge of Gibraltar's waters' quoted in Merco Press 13 Dec 2013.

    Stands to reason that a sovereignty claim without a case can only be described as an illegitimate claim and worthless:

    Oct 20th, 2016 - 03:39 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Pugol-H

    Playing for big stakes Sn Margallo, without a card in your hand.

    And this is before you start spannering EU attempts at some sort of a deal.

    Seven months from now, when his plan is clearly seen by all to have failed. How is he going to explain that, “the best opportunity for Spain to resolve the Gib issue in decades”, has gone by and he couldn’t even get a meeting, with anybody, never mind talks, on anything, never mind sovereignty?

    That is the difference here, we have a clear timetable for results, or not, after which his “big chance” is gone.

    I feel a bet coming on, little cheeky punt on this I reckon.

    Oct 20th, 2016 - 05:06 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • 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 - Link - Report abuse +4
  • Briton

    The only JOINT Spain will ever get,
    is the thing they have been

    Oct 20th, 2016 - 07:41 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • DemonTree

    @ Pete Bog
    “Are there queues of people lining up to get into Spain?”

    Yes actually, they had to build a triple 6 metre high fence topped with barbed wire, with regular watchposts, noise and movement sensors, and cctv, to stop illegal immigration into Spain's two exclaves in Morocco (also claimed by Morocco, naturally).

    Do you really think García Margallo would care about an extra 10,000 unemployed workers? They can just join the 3.8m already out of work in Spain.

    And would you agree to a degree of free movement into the UK then, after Brexit? I thought most people here were against that.

    Oct 20th, 2016 - 08:38 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • 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 - Link - Report abuse +4

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