Europe, Spain, UK, Politics

Gibraltar: Spain Vs. Britain

Against the backdrop of the questions regarding Gibraltar and its appearance once more after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) of last year’s vote; The Telegraph reported that Spain seems to want the territory for itself, since the mountain geographically connects with it.

The writer of the article, Charles Moore, mentions that Spain has eternally given up on the territory since 1713, and it would be strange to take any of these twenty-first-century claims seriously.

The writer adds “this pointless reconquista was a fixation of General Franco, the country’s Right-wing dictator until his death more than 40 years ago. Spain is now taking advantage of the Brexit process to have another go.”

That said, Mr. Moore alluded that when the Gibraltarians were asked, after a “sneaky attempt” by the Tony Blair’s government to establish a shared sovereignty with Spain in 2002, most of the Gibraltarians – precisely 17900 – voted in favor of Britain, while only 187 voted for change. To this day, there’s no proof that the ratio has changed.

He also questions the reason why Spain wants a place where no one wants to live, and the same goes for Argentina’s expectations concerning Falkland islands.

He adds that Britain has many dark seasons in its colonial history, but there is no modern attempt to replay that song again.

And he goes on to question what really exists in the Spanish culture that stimulates this “romantic hallucination” with a land ignoring the wishes of the actual residents.

From another angle within the same newspaper, some readers commented on this uproar claiming that it is a common policy of the blackmailing mindset that the EU is notorious with.

And one of them said that this issue shows the decision-making procedure in the EU and that no one can tamper with such problems based on its individual merits, but as impersonal business deals (it’s as if you’re saying I’ll vote for the army of the EU if you support our olive groves when you vote).

Another one sees this as a perfect example of the EU’s logic which supports the land transfer from Britain to Spain, against the wishes of those lands’ residents, while the Catalans are forbidden from the independence they seek.

It’s of important significance to note that Britain and Spain have been fighting for centuries over who should hold possession of Gibraltar which covers 2.6 sq mi (6.7 square kilometers) and shares its northern border with Spain.

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