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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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