• #Stephen’sNiche: ¿Como no?

    #Stephen’sNiche: ¿Como no?

    • April 5, 2017

    Theresa May triggers Article 50 to begin the process of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and the first controversy is over Gibraltar! Maybe the Prime Minister was asking for trouble when she failed to explicitly mention Gibraltar in her letter to the president of the European Council Donald Tusk, formally notifying him

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  • In the row over EU guidelines, there is no clear winner

    In the row over EU guidelines, there is no clear winner

    • April 4, 2017

    Prime Minister Theresa May was accused this weekend of forgetting to include Gibraltar in her Article 50 letter triggering Brexit. The correct question should be: does she regret the decision not to mention Gibraltar explicitly? Until Lord Howard brought up the Falklands, the answer was probably no. The content of the Article 50 letter in

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  • From Article 50 to Clause 22

    From Article 50 to Clause 22

    • April 4, 2017

    by Aaron Santos The inclusion of Gibraltar in the draft EU guidelines for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union may have come as a surprise to some. What is not surprising however, is that Spain would try to use Brexit as tool to achieve their unrealistic dream of Gibraltar’s sovereignty. The EU’s draft

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  • The issue is not sovereignty

    The issue is not sovereignty

    • April 3, 2017

    In the frenzy of media coverage on Gibraltar this weekend, the focus was repeatedly placed on the issue of sovereignty. But the immediate problem lies elsewhere. Let us be clear: Gibraltar’s sovereignty is not up for discussion. Gibraltarians want to remain British and the UK Government has stated repeatedly that it will not discuss sovereignty

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  • Nothing is decided

    Nothing is decided

    • April 2, 2017

    The latest developments leave no doubt as to the challenges ahead, but we always knew Brexit was going to be a nightmare. That is why we voted overwhelmingly for Remain. That Spain has a veto over our future relationship with the EU is not news. The future relationship between the UK and the EU –

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  • We are not afraid

    We are not afraid

    • April 2, 2017

    London is resilient. The people here continue with their daily routines. The city remains calm and carries on in a defiant mood. Terrorists want to strike fear into people’s lives. We cannot allow it. They must not win. As Prime Minster Theresa May said: “It is in these actions – millions of acts of normality

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Unite members need full facts in general secretary election

    #Stephen’sNiche: Unite members need full facts in general secretary election

    • April 1, 2017

    This week the 1.4 million members of Britain’s largest trade union, Unite, have begun voting on who should be the next general secretary. The ballot closes on the 19th of April, with the outcome likely to be announced later in the month. Since 2011 the post has been held by Len McCluskey – ‘Red Len’

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  • Clear message from May

    Clear message from May

    • March 30, 2017

    In her Article 50 letter yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May did not make a single explicit reference to Gibraltar. People here will be disappointed about that, but they should not be. After her statement in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister was asked about Gibraltar’s absence from the letter. Was it a case of

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  • Chief Minister’s statement to Parliament on the Prime Minister triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty

    Chief Minister’s statement to Parliament on the Prime Minister triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty

    • March 30, 2017

    by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo At one thirty Central European Time, the Prime Minister Theresa May informed the House of Commons that she has formerly written to the President of the European Council activating the operation of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon in respect of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

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  • Schengen changes just days away, but questions remain at the border

    Schengen changes just days away, but questions remain at the border

    • March 28, 2017

    New EU rules requiring tighter checks at Schengen borders will come into force on April 7, but there is still little clarity as to how Spain will implement the changes at its frontier with Gibraltar. The amendment to the Schengen Border Code was first proposed in the wake of terrorist attacks in 2015. After nearly

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: A short-lived love-in with Scotland

    #Stephen’sNiche: A short-lived love-in with Scotland

    • March 25, 2017

    Is the romance, such as it was, between Fabian Picardo and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over? Listening to the Chief Minister on GBC’s Direct Democracy programme last week it would seem so. When the UK as a whole voted in last year’s EU Referendum to leave the European Union Gibraltar was left casting about

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Will the curtain ever go up?

    • March 23, 2017

    The curtain rises and the stage is empty. There is silence. What’s the name of the play? It may sound like the start of a joke but it isn’t one. Where is the new National Theatre that the Government promised us back in 2013? According to the press release at the time it was “expected

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