• Gibraltar’s Brexit tightrope

    Gibraltar’s Brexit tightrope

    • April 12, 2019

    Despite the tiresome prospect of another six months of Brexit uncertainty, we are far better off now than we were a month ago. Back then, it was Theresa May’s deal or no deal. Now, the UK Parliament has made clear that it will not countenance a hard Brexit. Instead of a binary choice, the PM’s

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  • Colony footnote is a Pyrrhic ‘victory’ for Spain

    Colony footnote is a Pyrrhic ‘victory’ for Spain

    • April 4, 2019

    Spain may have got its way in the row over the ‘colony’ footnote but it is worth noting a few points to cut through the ridiculous grandstanding of Spanish MEPs and media yesterday. Gibraltar is on the UN list of non-self-governing territories, that much is true. But this is solely because the UN’s criteria for

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  • ANALYSIS: No end in sight to Brexit saga

    ANALYSIS: No end in sight to Brexit saga

    • March 30, 2019

    After months building up to the Brexit deadline, March 29, 2019, came and went and we are still in the EU. Here’s the good news: Yesterday’s vote in the House of Commons means there is now less chance of Brexit happening than there was three days ago. For most of us, however slim the odds,

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  • ANALYSIS: Interpreting a tax treaty is complex business, even for experts

    ANALYSIS: Interpreting a tax treaty is complex business, even for experts

    • March 23, 2019

    The tax treaty covering Gibraltar and Spain is at the centre of a fierce political row between the Gibraltar Government and the GSD over its implications for this community. The GSD says the agreement is “intrusive and harmful” and is damaging for the Rock’s interests, allowing Spain a say in the tax affairs of individuals

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  • A mad week in Brexitland

    A mad week in Brexitland

    • March 16, 2019

    The prospect of a hard Brexit, with its unforeseen and unpredictable economic consequences, has receded a little. While it remains the default legal position on March 29 in the absence of a deal, a majority of MPs in the House of Commons signalled clearly this week that they will not countenance such an outcome. We

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  • UK must stand firm in the face of Spanish provocation

    UK must stand firm in the face of Spanish provocation

    • February 18, 2019

    The UK’s head-in-the-sand response to Sunday’s serious incursion by the Spanish Navy was as remarkable as it was disappointing. The Spanish patrol boat Tornado attempted to exercise jurisdiction in British Gibraltar territorial waters by ordering at least two vessels to heave anchor and leave the area. The radio exchange was recorded by a local ship

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  • With EU’s ‘colony’ footnote, Madrid did not get what it wanted

    With EU’s ‘colony’ footnote, Madrid did not get what it wanted

    • February 5, 2019

    The EU’s reference to Gibraltar as a colony has rightly angered this community, but it should come as no surprise. In a post-Brexit world, Spain will use any opportunity to influence its EU partners and push its agenda on Gibraltar. We knew that was going to happen, but to see it happening is galling nonetheless.

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  • #Alice’sTable: Chess is the word at any age

    #Alice’sTable: Chess is the word at any age

    • January 26, 2019

    China is next on his travels. Why? Quite simply because chess has a huge following there and this is where chess specialist, journalist, commentator and presenter Leontxo Garcia has been invited to present his next lecture on his favourite sport. The fact is Leontxo travels world-wide promoting, writing and talking about the positives of this

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  • Small businesses need more support

    Small businesses need more support

    • January 26, 2019

    By Orlando Yeats Small businesses are at the heart of the Gibraltar economy. They are born in family meetings around kitchen tables, they are born when a worker has a desire to be their own boss or when someone sees a product that could be better or a service that could be improved and they

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  • New Year Message for 2019 from The Hon Dr Joseph Garcia MP Deputy Chief Minister and Leader of the Liberal Party

    New Year Message for 2019 from The Hon Dr Joseph Garcia MP Deputy Chief Minister and Leader of the Liberal Party

    • January 2, 2019

    Brexit is the challenge of this generation. In less than three months’ time, barring a major surprise, the United Kingdom and Gibraltar will leave the European Union. So far, Gibraltar has already overcome a number of challenges in this our collective journey forward. No doubt, there will be more. However, we are confident at the

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  • Year-end Brexit blues

    Year-end Brexit blues

    • December 31, 2018

    Paddy Ashdown, the highly-respected Liberal Democrat peer who died just before Christmas, had clear views about the madness of Brexit. In June 2016, a fortnight before the referendum that set the UK – and by extension Gibraltar – on a turbulent two-year course to withdrawal, Lord Ashdown told guests at a dinner in Gibraltar that

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  • Unite’s wish list for 2019

    Unite’s wish list for 2019

    • December 28, 2018

    by Gillian Birkett Unite the Union wishes a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all working people, whether in employment or not. 2019 will be both a challenging and uncertain year. As Gibraltar Plc is not in the driving seat, we do not only control events, but we are not clear as to what changes

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