• Statement by the Chief Minister on the eve of the November special European Council

    Statement by the Chief Minister on the eve of the November special European Council0

    by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo Ahead of the Special European Council in Brussels tomorrow, I have held an extraordinary session of the Gibraltar Cabinet this evening. Tonight, I want to be clear with you all about what the current situation is. A few moments ago I took a call from Prime Minister Theresa May. The

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  • Political noise over Gibraltar hides a complex, nuanced reality

    Political noise over Gibraltar hides a complex, nuanced reality0

    Between now and Sunday, the UK and the EU will almost certainly agree a form of words that will assuage Spain’s bruised pride over Gibraltar and the Withdrawal Agreement. Spain is upset that the draft divorce deal, negotiated over the past year by UK and EU officials and due to be rubber-stamped by the European

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  • Spain will always be Spain

    Spain will always be Spain0

    So much for Spanish goodwill in the Brexit process. Barely a month ago the chief minister, Fabian Picardo, told parliament that he welcomed prime minister Pedro Sánchez’s “positive approach” to the discussions that left to one side the question of Gibraltar’s sovereignty. A beleaguered Theresa May even held up the (supposed) progress over Gibraltar as

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  • Under the draft withdrawal Protocol, Gibraltar’s Brexit position is protected

    Under the draft withdrawal Protocol, Gibraltar’s Brexit position is protected0

    The Gibraltar Protocol contained in the draft UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement respects the UK’s constitutional relationship with Gibraltar. It also makes clear that the agreement is without prejudice to the respective legal positions of the UK and Spain on sovereignty and jurisdiction. As such, if – and it is a big if – Theresa May and

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  • A seminal moment for Gibraltar

    A seminal moment for Gibraltar0

    The runway incident could have led to a collapse in the relationship between the UK and Gibraltar governments and between key organisations whose top priority on the Rock is the protection of this community. Instead, it has led to a strengthening of that relationship, albeit after months of difficult, often strained negotiations. The UK could

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  • The Anatomy of Pain

    The Anatomy of Pain0

    The head is drooping and encased in a vicious tangle of thorns, the trunk emaciated and pierced with tiny feathered barbs, the feet twisted out of shape by fractured metatarsals, the fingers gangrenous and tautly outstretched, as if pleading for a merciful coup de grâce. Of all the paintings I have seen of Christ’s crucifixion,

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