May gives away sovereignty over Gibraltar – Brexit bargaining or bargain-basement Black Friday barminess?

Gibraltar: Theresa May has let the Spanish use the Rock to roll right over her.

Once upon a time we were told we have all the bargaining chips. Now the chips are down and our representatives are giving away everything – including their credibility:

The devil’s in the detail so here’s what has happened, according to The Observer:

“The British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, wrote to concede that Gibraltar would not necessarily be covered by a future trade deal with the EU.

“The development gives Spain a veto over Gibraltar benefiting from a future trade and security agreement between Brussels and the British government.

“The Spanish leader, Pedro Sánchez, reacted immediately, claiming the UK would now have to open talks on “joint sovereignty” of Gibraltar, over which Spain has had a claim since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco.”

Joint sovereignty over Gibraltar with Spain? Who voted for that because we know Gibraltar never did!

Of course, Theresa May will swear vehemently that she has not offered anything of the kind. But we’ve heard that before – notably when she has assured us that she will not give way on a particular point of the Brexit negotiations, only to give way almost immediately afterwards.

She has given away our rights and privileges.

She has given away our economic advantages.

And now she is giving away our territories and citizens.

Like the rest of her Brexit plan, this is nothing but a betrayal of the British people – in this case, the British people living on Gibraltar.

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12 thoughts on “May gives away sovereignty over Gibraltar – Brexit bargaining or bargain-basement Black Friday barminess?

  1. Zippi

    I say, again, this is abject failure of the whole of Parliament, because this situation should never have been allowed to arise. We, the Public, who voted in good faith, have been utterly betrayed. I say yet again, a plague on BOTH houses! (Commons & £ords.)!!

  2. Barry Davies

    ReMAYn never intended to negotiate which is why Davis and Raab resigned, arch eurofederalist oily Robbins went with a mandate to keep us in and that includes capitulation on our territories reMAYn wants the deal to bring the nation together, well it has both sides hate it.

  3. Growing Flame

    The Empire is nearly over. Only dribs and drabs of territory remain. Gibraltar, the north of Ireland, Belize, the Falklands/Malvinas.

    There will be reluctance, even hostility and cries of “betrayal”, but can’t we just let them go now?

    The main battle to preserve the Empire is over. It won’t be a pretty sight, but we need to face the inevitable and arrange withdrawal from these territories in as dignified and risk-avoiding way as possible.

    Above all, we need to avoid the open hostility that leads to pointless loss of life like the “Falklands ” war that was well described by a UN representative as like “Two bald men fighting over a comb!”

  4. trev

    Why should Britain own/control Gibraltar anyway? or Northern Ireland for that matter? It makes no sense. Give Gibraltar back to Spain, or grant it independence, and give Ulster back to Eire.

  5. tiredwearyhead

    So what! It’s not ‘ours’ – how can a 1713 Treaty possibly remain relevant. We have enough rubbish to contend with re Brexit so leaving Gibraltar out of it is one less issue to argue about

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The citizens of Gibraltar – who are by their own choice citizens of the UK – have a different opinion. Unless you live there too, who are you to argue against their wishes?

      1. joanna

        Can she actually do that alone? doesn’t it require some sort of debate or voting from people who live there? The UK isn’t a dictatorship country yet is it?

  6. Growing Flame

    Wouldn’t it be safer not to spread around this idea that. if you are an odd little bit of somebody else’s country(eg the north of Ireland, or Gibraltar, or the Falklands) and you have a grudge against your neighbours, all you have to do is vote to become part of Britain and, hey presto! your opinion has to be respected. And Britain will hug you to its bosom and even send its soldiers over to fight and die for “Gallant, loyal, little…………(fill in the name of the territory of your choice. The Basque country? Chechnia? Nagorno-Karabak?)

    Aren’t the votes in Gibraltar or the north of Ireland just examples of the tail wagging the dog? We don’t HAVE to do what they say!

  7. nmac064

    This is still about the internal and insoluble Tory feud – nothing else matters to them – definitely not the people of the UK or anywhere else.

  8. nmac064

    This is still all about the Tory Party. Nothing else at all matters to the Tories – definitely not the people of the UK or anywhere else.

  9. Joan Edington

    I find it hard to believe that one PM can give away anywhere that has British sovereignty, just like that. Surely a constitutional change like that must be put to the people, or at least parliament.

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