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Garcia Margallo's Gibraltar obsession, until the very end of his ministerial tenure

Monday, November 7th 2016 - 05:53 UTC
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José Manuel García-Margallo urged his successor to pursue the “opportunities” that Brexit offered Spain in its sovereignty aspirations over Gibraltar. In a farewell speech as he handed over to Alfonso Dastis Quecedo, Spain’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs, García-Margallo listed what he believed were his main achievements in office and included his strategy on the Rock. Read full article

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  • brucey-babe

    What is it with Hispanics that they always want what is not theirs ? !

    Nov 07th, 2016 - 07:53 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • James Marshall

    Otherwise “…we will have the paradox of having a third country, a country outside the EU, having a colony in the EU, which would be a memorable nonsense.”

    But surely that only happens if Gibraltar are not under the UK umbrella. If Gibraltar stays with the UK they are outside the EU or is the above quote lost in translation somehow.

    Nov 07th, 2016 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Gibraltar should just take the name “autonomous city” -- just like the Spanish colonies in Africa are called “autonomous cities” - and then the Spanish pirates would have nothing to complain about.

    Nov 07th, 2016 - 12:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    He wanted 'joint sovereignty' and even wanted to see the Spanish flag fly above the Rock.

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

    Shame about the sovereignty claim: Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law: https://www.academia.edu/10575180/Gibraltar_-_Some_Relevant_Internationa...

    Nov 07th, 2016 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    ”the opportunities offered by Brexit to regain the Spanish sovereignty [of Gibraltar] that we have been claiming for more than 300 years…”

    Do the Spanish not realise that 300 hundred years is perhaps a clue?

    I realise that their language holds them back in a civilized society but surely they must think something should have happened by now?

    Oh Gollum, do you not know what happened to Gollum in the end? Ha, ha, ha. It looks like you have been burned by Rajoy.

    Nov 07th, 2016 - 05:48 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Briton

    The guy will be brainwashed to the bitter end of his life,

    Still, if he behaves himself the Gibraltarians might let him be buried under the ROCK,
    just not Gibraltar rock...lol

    Nov 07th, 2016 - 08:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Don Alberto

    This Margallo chap is a total waste of space, which could be used for a better purpose.

    Nov 08th, 2016 - 03:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Chris R
    Do the Spanish not realise that 300 hundred years is perhaps a clue?

    “ I realise that their language holds them back in a civilized society but surely they must think something should have happened by now?”


    These are the same people who think as a NATO member it is a good idea to let a fleet that could potentially oppose NATO, be resupplied at one of their colonies.

    Nov 10th, 2016 - 01:30 pm - Link - Report abuse +1

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