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Re: Now Gibraltar ....

Postby miner » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:00 pm

Smouldering Stoat wrote:Of course, any country which linked the matter of EU membership with the status of Gibraltar would be crass, stupid and irresponsible.

Unfortunately that country is us, since we threatened to veto Spain's accession to the EU unless it opened the border with Gibraltar. We can't put the genie back in the bottle.

The EU is not a country, whatever spin you might put on the issue. It is no surprise that Spain is behaving as it is, given its track record over Gibraltar. What is unacceptable is the conduct of the EU in the matter.

The UK - as a fully paid-up and ongoing contributor to EU funds - is entitled to expect the EU to remain neutral in or at least keep its snotty, interfering nose out of the Gibraltar issue and let it be resolved between the UK and Spain as a strictly bilateral matter.
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Re: Now Gibraltar ....

Postby atticus » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:56 am

I don't have an account to get past the Times paywall, but what I could see of this article is intriguing. Might Churchill have offered to give up Gibraltar in exchange for Spanish neutrality in WWII?
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Re: Now Gibraltar ....

Postby miner » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:52 pm

He probably did, but the indications are that he was sozzled at the time!

Considering his legendary consumption of booze and his smoking, it's incredible he lived to the ripe old age of 89 or whatever!
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