• 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

  • 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

  • #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

  • 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

  • #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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 –

  • 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

  • #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’

  • 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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