Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has said the UK is ready to face the future from a position of strength and indicated there will be no immediate emergency Budget. However he admitted there would still need to be an adjustment in the UK economy, and it was perfectly sensible to wait for a new prime minister before taking any such action.
Spain’s King Juan Carlos told Margaret Thatcher’s most senior official at least twice that “it was not in fact in the interests of Spain to recover Gibraltar soon, even if it were possible.” Instead he agreed with the United Kingdom that it was for Spain to make herself attractive to the Gibraltarian people.
Following an inconclusive vote in the Appeal Committee, on 27 September, it is now up to the European Commission to decide on the authorization of genetically modified (GM) maize MIR162 for use in food and feed, as well as for import and processing in the European Union
European Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht expressed concern Monday over what he called a “growing tendency towards protectionism across Latin America” and warned Europe is preparing retaliation measures against Argentina after YPF expropriation
European Union ambassador in Buenos Aires Alfonso Diez Torres said that the Falklands/Malvinas issue does not figure in the foreign affairs agenda of the EU, it’s a bilateral issue and he does not see any reason to amend the Lisbon treaty to exclude the disputed South Atlantic Islands as demanded by Argentina.
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has said there “cannot be negotiation on sovereignty unless and until the Falkland Islanders so wish,” following a statement by the Argentinean President.