HC 461 - Gibraltar: Time to Get Off the Fence

HC 461 - Gibraltar: Time to Get Off the Fence

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Spain has long disputed the UK's sovereignty over Gibraltar, but since 2012 its Government has taken a more hard-line approach and has significantly increased its pressure on Gibraltar and its people. Over the last three years, Gibraltarians have suffered long border delays; maritime incursions; and heightened rhetoric from Spanish ministers about its sovereignty and its economic affairs. There is even a continuing refusal to allow direct military movements between Gibraltar and Spain, including among NATO partners. This report considers the reasons for the increased tension, including Spanish allegations against Gibraltar's financial system and smuggling controls, as well as suggestions that Spain is seeking to distract from its own domestic troubles. The Committee regrets that dialogue between the UK, Gibraltar and Spain has been suspended over the last three years, and asks the Government to set out how it intends to secure talks before the next election. In the meantime, the Committee recommends that the Government increase its use of its own diplomatic measures toward Spain, by intensifying its use of diplomatic protests and summoning the ambassador, as well as making the UK's support for Spanish aims on the international stage dependent upon improvements to the situation in Gibraltar.Following the collapse of the joint sovereignty proposal in 2002, in October 2004 Spain and the UK agreed to consult further on a new ... Agreement, which addressed a number of long-standing issues, including the removal of air restrictions against Gibraltar airport; ... at agreed rates, ending a controversial and bitter dispute.7 The FCO estimated in 2008 that the additional costs to be borne by the UK asanbsp;...

Title:HC 461 - Gibraltar: Time to Get Off the Fence
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Foreign Affairs Committee, Richard Sir Ottaway
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2014-07-01


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