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Spain hopes to reach an agreement with UK over Gibraltar by next October

Saturday, April 7th 2018 - 08:11 UTC
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Spain hopes to reach an agreement with the UK over Gibraltar by the summer, its foreign minister has said. Alfonso Dastis said Spain would “defend our position” but the two sides were “working towards” an agreement as soon as possible. The UK says “informal” talks are going on about Gibraltar's post-Brexit future with Spain. Read full article


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  • Brit Bob

    ''Spain wants joint management of Gibraltar's airport, which is located on a disputed strip of land connecting Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Mr Dastis said that while Spain ”cannot accept“ British jurisdiction over the land,''

    Gibraltar Isthmus – Acquisitive Prescription (1 pg):-

    Dastis also forgets that prior to joining the EU Spain signed the Helsinki Accord and that stipulates 'borders in Europe can only be changed ''by consent''.

    Apr 07th, 2018 - 09:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Do we get joint control of Menorca airport ?

    Apr 07th, 2018 - 03:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Nah, Spain took Menorca back during the American War of Independence.

    Apr 07th, 2018 - 04:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    Spain can talk to the UK as much as it wants, but ONLY the people of Gibraltar have any say in what happens in Gibraltar and to Gibraltar, and nothing Spain says or does will ever change that.

    Of course we all hope for an reasonable relationship built on trust and mutual respect...but Spain has a long way to go before Gibraltar or the UK will accept that. Of course it doesn't help when Spain unilaterally tries to force an agenda that basically gives them control over things that are nothing to do with them.

    Apr 07th, 2018 - 07:53 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Ann Other

    ”Spain wanted to use the airport to the benefit of the population of Gibraltar“? Not to simply grab a strategic asset and get a foothold in Gibraltar then. The airport was paid for by Gibraltarians, not the UK, not the EU and not Spain so guess who is going to run it. Spain had the option to build a connecting terminal their side of the frontier to access the airport, but never did. Spain also signed the Cordoba agreement in which it promised not to obstruct Gibraltar's inclusion in EU aviation matters, took the money, and reneged on the deal. If Sr Dastris wants an airport there are plenty of unused 'ghost airports' in Spain, like South Madrid Airport and Castellón built with EU funding and left to decay. The Gibraltar airport works very nicely thanks.

    Apr 08th, 2018 - 09:08 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Beth

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 12:46 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Capt Rockhopper

    Here is a deal, we get control of Spain, all those who don't support that idea can move to Ceuta and Melilla. In addition, we will give Portugal back what it lost, we will then recognise the formation of Aragon, Catalan, Castille, Leon, as independent states, Granada with Gibraltar as the Capital.

    Apr 09th, 2018 - 03:27 am - Link - Report abuse -1

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