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Gibraltar: “colony” or not?

The UK complained about the European Union (EU) calling Gibraltar a “colony” in a piece of draft legislation, highlighting how Brussels institutions bend to Madrid in its centuries-long claim of the Rock.

According to the diplomatic sources Britain’s ambassador to the EU had objected to the wording of the text,  defining the 33,000 inhabitants of Gibraltar in a different category from UK and it also spelled out Spain’s claim to sovereignty over The Rock at the United Nations.

Gibraltar is a colony of the British Crown. There is a controversy between Spain and the United Kingdom concerning the sovereignty over Gibraltar“, the EU text reads.

Downing street 10 spokesman insisted Gibraltar was not a “colony”. The port was ceded to Britain by Spain in 1713 as a part of “Utrecht Treaty”, was a “crown colony” when Britain joined the European bloc in 1973 but London assessed it as a “British overseas territory” in 2002.

Gibraltar is not a colony and it is completely inappropriate to describe in this way,” a British spokesperson said. “Gibraltar is a full part of the UK family.”

There were two referendums in Gibraltar, both of them strongly indicated that the inhabitant of The Rock don’t agree to any changes, and are interested to preserve the status quo.

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Madrid agrees to Brexit deal ending Gibraltar raw

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez made a statement on Gibraltar, ending the 11-hours long drama over the Rock, in his speech he explained the significance of the territory for Spain. However he started his announcement with a declaration of the Brexit Summit, taking place in Brussels tomorrow, and agreement of his government  to endorse Brexit deal.

 

 

Gibraltar leaders reaffirm support to UK

Gibraltarthe major focus of Spain  prevented the  European Union on to finalise a draft Article 50 deal on Friday, November 23 to pave the way for endorsement of the document during the UK-EU27 leaders’ summit on Sunday, November 25. The complications over Gibraltar raised a wave of doubts of possibility to sign any withdrawal agreement already shrouded in pessimism.

Although EU diplomats are desperately trying to resolve the problem, continuing to search for rapprochement, the independent experts are increasingly skeptical about capacities of Pedro Sánchez Socialist government to accept a compromise.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has vowed to “veto Brexit” if the terms of the Brexit deal has no amendments depiciting Spanish concerns about negotiations over the future of Gibraltar.

After my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain far away,” Sánchez communicated in his Twitter microblog. “My government will always defend the interests of Spain. If there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”

We are an optimistic and a positive community, [but] there is growing concern amongst many in the community as to what positive measures have been secured for Gibraltar as a result of this process for which the Chief Minister and his team are said to have worked day and night on, for the last two years,” said Elliott Phillips, the Leader of the Opposition in Gibraltar.

Earlier the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo supported the UK government Brexit position, although he cricitised the decision to leave the EU as such.“Brexit is a bad thing for the whole of Europe,” Mr Picardo said.

Brexit without an agreement for orderly agreed withdrawal would be even worse for the whole of Europe” Picardo continuded. “And for us, Brexit is as bad an idea today in reality as when it was in theory at the time of the Referendum.”

But so for us, it is always best that we stick with Britain despite Brexit” he concluded.

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Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party pledged to use its 10 votes in parliament to support the cause of Gibraltar if necessary.

The European Union is trying to reach a compromise between Madrid  and London over the future of the British overseas territory to stop Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez from blocking an agreement on Artilce 50, paving the way to orderly withdrawal of Britons.

Gibraltar is British and we will use our voices and our votes in parliament to stand with British Gibraltar,” Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said, addressing the party’s annual conference in Belfast.

Gibraltar denies any concessions of sovereignty

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo denied any concessions made as a result of Brexit talks. In a statement issued by the HM Government it is underlined that there will be “no concessions in terms of sovereignty, jurisdiction or control”. The statement came in a form of a correction of some ‘leaks’ to Spanish media.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Britain’s Theresa May on expressed confidence that progress will be made on Brexit and on the situation of Gibraltar once the UK leaves the European Union, El Pais reports.

Speaking at a press conference following a two-day Summit of the European leaders in Brussels, Sánchez confirmed that a special protocol on the British Overseas Territory due to be annexed to the UK/EU Article 50 Agreement is ready.

Gibraltar embraces Brexit as opportunity

This week Gibraltar enthusiastically celebrated  holiday commemorates the 1967 referendum where residents overwhelmingly voted to remain under British rule, confirming it  will embrace Brexit as an opportunity.

“Today as we mark Gibraltar National Day I can assure you that this will not change as we leave the European Union” – said Prime minister Theresa May in a special address.

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said he would fight to turn the “Brexit” challenge into a Brexit win”, adding the UK exit from the EU would “neither defeat nor define Gibraltar”.

 

Intense illegal migrants flows to Spain

Almost 400 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean this weekend as they attempted to make the crossing from Morocco to Spain, Spanish rescue services confirmed.

Spain faces a steady increase in sea arrivals which surged in recent months, especially after Italy started to close its ports for illegals.

On Saturday all together 395 people were rescued from nine boats in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea, the two major sea crossings to Spain, the Spanish coastguard official said.

Two more people were rescued from a small boat on Sunday, they added.

Spain, which for the first time in years has overtaken Italy as the preferred destination for refugees, has registered almost 21,000 migrants so far this year, almost more than in the whole of last year, according to figures compiled by the International Organisation for Migration.

The mortality rate for the crossing from Morocco is around one in 70, the IOM said, which is considerably lower than that between Libya and Italy, which is one in 19.

“Acceptable” arrangement for Gibraltar

During his visit to the UK Spain’s King Felipe said he was confident that an acceptable arrangement could be worked out with Britain over the future of Gibraltar, a British territory since Utrecht Treaty 1713 that Spain is eager to receive back.

The future of Gibraltar, a rock in the southern Spain captured by Britain in 1704, and its 30,000 inhabitants is set to be a major point of contention in Brexit negotiations.

Addressing members of both houses of parliament during the first Spanish state visit to Britain in 31 years, Felipe said both countries had overcome “estrangements, rivalries and disputes” in the past.

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