• #Stephen’sNiche: Art and apostrophes

    #Stephen’sNiche: Art and apostrophes

    • April 20, 2017

    When I first read about the mural that was going to be painted on the façade of Inces Hall I honestly thought it was an April Fool joke that had leaked. The story was published in the Chronicle on 30th March and the street artist responsible, whom I confess I’d never heard of, was Ben

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  • Gibraltar: time for pragmatism

    Gibraltar: time for pragmatism

    • April 19, 2017

    by Jimmy Burns With Easter past, not short of dark omens, but also regenerating the hopes of men and women of goodwill for a better future, it may be worth reflecting that around this time just over 19 years ago the parties of Northern Ireland and the British and Irish governments signed an agreement covering

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  • What the UK General Election means for the Gibraltar property market

    What the UK General Election means for the Gibraltar property market

    • April 19, 2017

    by Mike Nicholls Yesterday’s announcement was another surprise in the world of politics. So what will be the impact on the Gibraltar property market? Since the referendum, the Gibraltar property market has been remarkably resilient. Within a week of last year’s shock vote, there was a surge in rental demand and within a few weeks,

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  • Why Spain would like a ‘soft’ Brexit for the UK

    Why Spain would like a ‘soft’ Brexit for the UK

    • April 17, 2017

    Spain has good reasons for wanting the best possible relationship between Britain and the EU as a result of Brexit, but it cannot allow the UK to be better off outside the EU than inside it. The Spain-UK relation has become increasingly significant in terms of trade, direct investment, tourism, fisheries and the number of

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  • ‘Any future arrangement must protect our members’ jobs’

    ‘Any future arrangement must protect our members’ jobs’

    • April 13, 2017

    by Gerard Coyne, candidate for the General Secretary of Unite. As Theresa May triggered Article 50 last week, I know workers in Gibraltar have been left unsure as to the effect Brexit will have on their livelihoods. Free movement and trade with Europe have been the foundations for Gibraltar’s economy, and if I’m elected General

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  • Stephen’sNiche: Some thoughts on electoral reform

    Stephen’sNiche: Some thoughts on electoral reform

    • April 13, 2017

    The sad passing recently of Dr. Cecil Isola brought to mind just how difficult it is for anyone who’s not a member of a political party in Gibraltar to obtain a seat in parliament. Dr. Isola stood for election three times as an Independent and in 1980 was just 804 votes short of making it

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  • A cynical eye on Brexit

    A cynical eye on Brexit

    • April 12, 2017

    by Damon Bossino This paper’s call for a ‘Rock-solid commitment’ from the UK that it will include Gibraltar in any future trade deal with the EU in its editor’s opinion piece of 3rd April is highly pertinent. In all the media frenzy of recent days I am not sure that that clear and solid commitment

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Coming up Next … Gibraltar

    #ThinkingAllowed: Coming up Next … Gibraltar

    • April 7, 2017

    Brexit means … a very big number of upset Gibraltarians, though not necessarily surprised. But, we have been through worse. This however is a time for diplomacy. The International media is pointing its spotlight in our direction. We must grab what is good about this situation – a unique opportunity to tell the world who

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  • Clause 22 may yet change, for better or worse

    Clause 22 may yet change, for better or worse

    • April 6, 2017

    In the row over the EU’s Brexit guidelines and Gibraltar, one important fact has been repeatedly ignored: this is a draft document, it is not set in stone. The offending clause 22, in other words, can change or disappear entirely before the European Council formally adopts a negotiating position. Interestingly, this is a fact that

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  • #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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