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Spanish foreign minister formally requests Gibraltar sovereignty talks, hours after UK rules them out once more

Thursday, 2 February 2012
The Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo Y Marfil has today formally requested the resumption of negotiations on the sovereignty of Gibraltar, in spite of the British’s refusal to do so without the consent of the inhabitants of the Rock.

According to El Mundo, an official note stating the Spanish Government wants “progress in everything related to Gibraltar, which must include dialogue with the UK on issues of sovereignty” was delivered to the British Secretary of State for Europe David Lidington, on a working visit to Madrid, just hours after he had conducted a chat session on Twitter where he reiterated there will be so resumption of negotiations without the consent of Gibraltans.

Amongst his replies to questions posed using the #askMFE hashtag on Twitter, Mr Lidington said:

@jamesneish Yes. The UK will not enter into sovereignty arrangements or negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content #AskMFE 2 days ago via HootSuite · Reply · Retweet · Favorite



@donjosecadalso UK committed to safeguarding Gibraltar’s interests & continuing to work closely with Spain. This is not “zero sum”. #AskMFE 2 days ago via HootSuite · Reply · Retweet · Favorite



@donjosecadalso The UK-Gibraltar relationship is not colonial; it’s modern, mature and reflects the wishes of Gibraltar’s people #AskMFE 2 days ago via HootSuite · Reply · Retweet · Favorite



Gibraltar is one of the main issues that Mr Garcia-Margallo has been determined to address since taking office last December. On January 24 he announced “Esta broma se ha terminado. La política sobre Gibraltar la vamos a cambiar” (Translation: “The joke is over. The policy towards Gibraltar is going to change”) just days after a press conference in Strasbourg where he quipped to British MEP Charles Tannock “Gibraltar, Spanish.

You get the impression this matter will run on and on, much to the annoyance of the British Government and of course the citizens of Gibraltar, whom the Spanish hope won’t have a say in the matter.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
www.GibBook.com - Gibraltar's social network site posts an opinion poll asking it's members/ site visitors the following:

Gibraltar sovereignty - After 10 years, let’s ask ourselves the question again and tell the World what we want!

The Government of Gibraltar called a referendum on 7 November 2002 to establish the popular support for a proposal to share sovereignty of the territory between Spain and Britain.

The Gibraltar referendum asked the people of Gibraltar their opinion in the following words:

On the 12th July 2002 the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, in a formal statement in the House of Commons, said that after twelve months of negotiation the British Government and Spain are in broad agreement on many of the principles that should underpin a lasting settlement of Spain's sovereignty claim, which included the principle that Britain and Spain should share sovereignty over Gibraltar.

Do you approve of the principle that Britain and Spain should share sovereignty over Gibraltar?

Current poll results: 97.46%: NO. 2.54% YES.

You can visit http://www.GibBook.com and vote now.

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