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Gibraltar: Bullied, but bullish

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  • The Gibraltarians have the right to self-determination, a basic human right. Ban Ki-Moon said, 'the 16 territories that still do not govern themselves must have complete freedom to decide their own future status,' the Secretary-General told a forum on decolonization (2010). The Spanish government has been encouraged to take its pathetically weak sovereignty claims to the ICJ but prefers to use Gibraltar as distraction politics to bury economic news and scandals. There is no place for this type of politics in a so-called modern democracy - they are behaving like fascists.

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  • As a visitor to Gibraltar onboard HM Ships, I fully recognise that the Gibraltarians have the capacity to manage their own lives without any intrusion from Mainland Spain. I last visited in 1961, and was not able to cross over the Border into Spain, so must accept that I am biased in my thinking, but, cannot understand why the Border should be such a problem which just makes a confounded mess of those who have to enter and leave Gib on a daily basis. I myself, living in Johore Bahru in Malaya, had to travel through Customs and Police Checks on a Daily Basis without too much in convenience to those who were required to carry out such checks to enable me to access my office in Singapore, sometimes more than once a day too.

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  • That's right. Gibraltar has the same right to self-determination that Hong Kong had in 1998. oh, wait..

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  • Hang on ... how can Spain lawfully impose border controls and entry fees when there are no longer any internal borders in the EU? Surely this is (i) a serious and egregious breach of EU law, and therefore (ii) a case for the ECJ?

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  • @Rob.

    I love your unnecessary use of (i) and (ii). Clearly still in the office at 1.23am, proof reading a contract. Don't worry, one day you'll get to do the actual drafting.

    Nice use of egregious too.

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  • @ Rob

    Whilst Gibraltar is a Crown Dependency it is not part of the United Kingdom or a member of the European Union.

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  • @ Anonymous and Ben

    Thank you both for your helpful and kind comments. Not drafting in the early hours but still getting used to UK time after 9 years away in Australia!

    Still mucho naughty of Spain, though ...

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  • What about Ceuta and the other Spanish territory on the shore of Africa? Does EU law apply to those?

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  • @ Ben

    Actually Gibraltar entered the European Union under Article 227 (4) of the EEC Treaty, as a Dependent Territory of the UK.

    Why else would EU inspectors be sent to investigate the border dispute?

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  • My understanding is that while Gibraltar is part of the EU, it is not part of the customs union, VAT area or Schengen area - so Spain's border with Gib is an external Schengen border which is subject to the usual passport controls etc.

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