The sovereignty of Gibraltar will not be changed without the consent of great Britain, promised on Monday, April 3, Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson. Before this former leader of the British Republican party, Lord Howard said in a Sunday program on Sunday Sophy Ridge on Sky News about his confidence that Prime Minister Theresa may is ready to go to war to protect British territory, as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Falkland Islands 35 years ago.
“35 years ago this week, another woman Prime Minister sent a task force to protect the freedom of another small group of Britons from different Hispanic countries. I am absolutely sure that our current Prime Minister show the same resolve against the people of Gibraltar,” he said.
Howard was referring to the Falkland Islands (or Malvinas, as it is called in Spanish-speaking countries) war of 1982, which began between Britain and Argentina in 1982 over control of the Falkland Islands. When he was later asked to clarify this analogy, Howard said: “I Think it is not harmful to remind them who we are.”
“The sovereignty of Gibraltar has not changed and is not going to change, and obviously can not be changed without the support and consent of the people of Gibraltar and the United Kingdom,” said Boris Johnson at the meeting of foreign Ministers of the European Union in Luxembourg, according to Reuters.
Spain decided that the UK nerves
Answering a question of journalists, whether Gibraltar to become a reason for war, Minister of foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Bert Koenders urged all to remain calm and not to use “strong words”. “Now you see how difficult it is to get a divorce,” added Koenders, referring to Brexit – British exit from the EU.
As transfers Sky News, chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo accused the EU President Donald Tusk that he’s acting like a “deceived husband, who snaps at children.” Picardo is confident that Spain is trying to poison Gibraltar and the EU condones it. Theresa may at the weekend assured Picardo, Gibraltar will benefit from Brexit.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Spain Alfonso Dastis urged Britain not to “lose my temper”. He stated that he was “surprised” by the tone of the response, when the EU published the principles of Brexit, which opened Spain’s considerable power over the future of Gibraltar.
“The Spanish government a little surprised by the tone of the comments coming from the UK – the country known for their composure,” said Dostis.
Former Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain Jack straw has stated on Radio 4 that the idea of joining Britain in the war, or Spain, at war with Britain for Gibraltar, frankly absurd and reeks of jingoism of the nineteenth century.” Jingoism – this is the English version of nationalism with the idea of colonial expansion.
Spain has a long-standing territorial claim to Gibraltar, which since 1713 has the status of a British overseas territory. Spain continues to claim to this territory, and between the two countries regularly had disagreements about fishing rights off the coast of Gibraltar.
Now the territory was an issue in the negotiations on Brexit. In Spain believethat Gibraltar when the UK leaves the EU, can remain part of the European Union only with its help, and threatened to block the trade deal London to Brussels, if in the discussion of the terms Brexit will not be included the question of the status of Gibraltar.