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Self-determination ... so after Brexit we'll refer to Gibraltar simply as the Rock? Hard border with Spain as Gibraltar remains a British Overseas Territory in the interest of the United States.

Government welcomes US Resolution supporting and thanking Gibraltar - Dec. 2014

The Resolution is sponsored by Republican George Holding and it is signed by seven other Congressmen from the Republican and the Democratic parties.The title of the Resolution is "Recognizing the self-determination of Gibraltar to determine its status as a British Overseas Territory". It acknowledges Gibraltar's status as a British Overseas Territory and the two referenda in 1967 and 2002 where the people of Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to retain their links with the United Kingdom.

The Resolution (H. RES. 738) also highlights the value of Gibraltar to the military interests of the western world and it refers to the fact that the United States made use of Gibraltar during its first military intervention in 1801 against the Barbary States. There is special mention made of the role that Gibraltar played during the Second World War when General Dwight Eisenhower used Gibraltar as his headquarters to plan the liberation of North Africa.

"The United States honours the contribution that Gibraltar has made to advancing United States security interests in the Mediterranean region since 1801 and extends its deepest appreciation and thanks to the Government of Gibraltar and its citizens," declares the Resolution.

It adds that the views and rights of the Gibraltarians should always be imperative in any discussion of Gibraltar's status as a British Overseas Territory.

Gibraltar - The Principle of Self-determination | Sept. 2013 |

Gibraltar has its own democratically elected Government, fully independent from UK Government, and Gibraltar's 2006 Constitution affords Gibraltar full autonomy for its internal affairs.  The people of Gibraltar are proud British citizens, with their own uniquely Gibraltarian identity and culture - and their own language.

They have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed their wish to remain British, most recently in the 2002 referendum where over 98% of people voted in favour of remaining British.  The UK respects that.  We will not enter into negotiations on British sovereignty over Gibraltar without their consent.

With the Government of Gibraltar we have worked throughout to maintain good neighbourly relations with Spain.  We know that thousands of Spanish workers commute to Gibraltar every day for work.  In fact Gibraltar contributes one in six jobs in the local region.  Spain's actions are affecting the daily lives of its own citizens as well as Gibraltarians.

We want to see any disputes over Gibraltar with Spain tackled through dialogue.  But the Spanish Government rejected the Trilateral Forum for Dialogue, which had been successful for a number of years and had led to benefits for communities on both sides of the border. The UK and Gibraltar remain strongly committed to trilateral talks in the long term. We have made the offer of ad hoc talks, involving all relevant parties without getting hung up on formats, but this must be with the involvement and consent of the Government of Gibraltar.

The people of Gibraltar, like the people of the Falklands, have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed their wish to remain under British sovereignty and we will respect their right of self determination - a right enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

For the people of Gibraltar, day by day, this is not about sovereignty, however - it is about free movement.  The free movement of persons within the territory of the European Union Member States is a fundamental right guaranteed to EU citizens and their family members by the Treaties.

David G. Liston partner at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss, PLLC.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 07:23:00 AM EST
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The people of Gibraltar, like the people of the Falklands, have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed their wish to remain under British sovereignty and we will respect their right of self determination

They also voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. Will they respect that?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 07:46:11 AM EST
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There is this joke about self-determination: "They" is a Gibraltar gov organist named the Chronicle.

For the past 2 years Gib gov PR presented itself as UK unionist, DUP-lite talking points. All the "same-deal or no-deal" shadow boxing without a "sovereign" gov, just one part-time MP, and none of the idiotic belligerence about border surveillance.

No common cause with UK "devolved" gov and disrespected constituent Remainers -- not even in NI!

No GFA-like wedge dividing Tory gov and Gib gov. Gib gov rejects EU member patron ES (substitute threat of ES hostile "annex" and ritual allegiance to US piracy for bi-lateral "state-craft").

No invisible UK-EU border for the "too wee" pennisula.

No US AID. No EU aid.

So. Gib delegations for "recognition" are left agitating UK for special travel reimbursements.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 01:27:10 PM EST
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This passage attributed to Gibraltar functionaries affords lessons in literacy, psychology, and public policy.

Did the US Congress pass H.Res. 738, introduced by Mr Holding, 2014? No.

Did the US Congress pass H.Res. 110, introduced by Mr Holding, 2015? No.

Has the US Congress passed H.Res. 199  with significant revision of the earlier drafts introduced by Mr Holding, 2018? No.

  1. govtrack.us is an unreliable reference. This URL does not retain complete records of US federal business. Recording is the function of the Library of Congress (thomas.gov or congress.gov), National Archive and Federal Register(archive.gov).
  2. Do not rely on Gibraltar's politicians to read, interpret, or translate any document for you. Reportedly several have relied on Tory functionaries --no matter where they are stationed-- to translate, propound, or restate documents such as binding contracts into summaries.
  3. The US federal government is neither a political division of the UK nor signatory to European Union binding treaties. EU gov does not recognize "pirate guidelines" in the statutory body governing member-states' duties and obligations. Ergo, resolutions offered by any representative of US constituency yet enacted convey neither color no force of law on the EU (absent surety no less than USD 5M, five and twenty stacks, until further notice, perhaps).

wut, April
Spanish financial services blacklists, March
"no other EU jurisdiction at all can boast such a clear and unequivocal statement of continued market access post Brexit" - Picardo
EC Draft Withdrawal Agreement (pdf) FEB 2018
1. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement or in Union law made applicable by this Agreement, any reference in this Agreement to the United Kingdom or its territory, shall be understood as referring to:
(a) the United Kingdom;
(b) the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus to the extent that Union law was applicable to them before the date of entry into force of this Agreement;
(c) the overseas countries and territories listed in Annex II to the TFEU having special relations with the United Kingdom3 , where the provisions of this Agreement relate to the special arrangements for the association of the overseas countries and territories with the Union.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 15th, 2018 at 05:21:04 PM EST
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