Gibraltar and Scotland in Talks to Stay in European Union

View of Gibraltar at dusk
View of Gibraltar at dusk (Shutterstock/Philip Lange)

Gibraltar is in talks with Scotland to find a way for both to stay in the European Union, the BBC has learned.

One possibility under discussion is for Gibraltar and Scotland, which both voted to stay in the EU, to maintain the United Kingdom’s membership of the bloc.

Northern Ireland, which also voted to remain, could potentially be included in the talks.

Majorities in England and Wales voted in a referendum on Thursday to leave the EU. Read more “Gibraltar and Scotland in Talks to Stay in European Union”

Britain Threatens Legal Action as Warship Sails for Gibraltar

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View of the Spanish city of Ceuta from Gibraltar, January 30, 2011 (José Rambaud)

Britain warned Spain on Monday that it was prepared to take legal action to force it to abandoned tighter border controls near Gibraltar in what was described as an “unprecedented” step against a European ally.

Earlier in the day, the British warship HMS Westminster set sail for the British enclave as part of an annual military exercise in the Mediterranean while Spain’s El País newspaper reported that the government in Madrid might enlist its former colony Argentina at the United Nations to contest Gibraltar’s sovereignty.

Argentina disputes British control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. Read more “Britain Threatens Legal Action as Warship Sails for Gibraltar”

British-Spanish Relations Sour After Gibraltar Incursion

View of Gibraltar at dusk
View of Gibraltar at dusk (Shutterstock/Philip Lange)

In part of its ongoing dispute with the Spanish government over the sovereignty status of Gibraltar, Spain’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Federico Trillo-Figueroa, was summoned to the Foreign Office before the weekend for what was undoubtedly a heated exchange.

The redress was in reaction to a recent naval incident wherein a civilian vessel from Gibraltar was almost seized by the Armada Española and Spanish customs officials, were it not for the intervention of the Royal Gibraltar Police.

Europe Minister David Lidington explained on Thursday that Britain had “repeatedly made diplomatic protests to Spain over attempts by Spanish state authorities to exercise jurisdiction in British Gibraltar territorial waters.” He condemned Spain’s “provocative incursions” and urged its government “to ensure that they are not repeated.”

The minister furnished other details of the latest incident, reporting that a Spanish “warship” took a tour of Gibraltar’s territorial waters for some time, followed by the arrival of Spanish customs vessels seeking to intercept the civilian boat. Read more “British-Spanish Relations Sour After Gibraltar Incursion”

Fortress Under Siege? Gibraltan Sovereignty in Jeopardy

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View of the Spanish city of Ceuta from Gibraltar, January 30, 2011 (José Rambaud)

In Foreign Policy this month, it was hinted that, along with the Falkland Islands, the tiny peninsular of Gibraltar, located on the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, may become a high-profile case for sovereignty discussion between Britain and a foreign power, in this case, Spain.

This comes in tandem with a recent increase in tension concerning the aforementioned Falklands and the bid by the Argentine government to take the matter of their sovereignty to the United Nations. Read more “Fortress Under Siege? Gibraltan Sovereignty in Jeopardy”