Spanish interim foreign minister explains his Brexit strategy

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Interim Foreign Secretary Margallo.

THE Spanish interim foreign minister Jose Margallo visited Algeciras on Tuesday October 18, ostensibly to discuss matters of financial interest to the various Spanish communities in the Campo de Gibraltar but in reality it was a good excuse to promote his view for Gibraltar following the British exit from the European Union.

He explained that he was actually a charming man but did tend to be upset when his reasonable appeal to the people of Gibraltar was rejected so strongly especially as what he was suggesting would make life so much better for those on both sides of the border.

Mr Margallo insisted that his proposal for joint sovereignty between Britain and Spain would ensure that Gibraltar would continue to have access to the single market and that Gibraltar could continue to govern itself in all matter except defence, foreign policy, the frontier and immigration which would be shared equally between Britain and Spain.

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Conversely, it was also made clear that if Gibraltar ignored his offer, then in the event that Britain leaves the EU, free movement across the border would automatically cease and that he personally would ensure that Spanish government policy would always favour the Spanish claim for the Rock.

In the meantime, chief minister Fabian Picardo was in Seville to appear in two TV news programmes and also to meet with the two main trade unions in Spain, UGT and Comisiones Obreras, both of which had expressed concern about the situation with regards to those who live across the border and work in Gibraltar.

3 COMMENTS

  1. What a very undiplomatic and unintelligent way of thinking, but then why would we expect any other views from the politicians that can’t get Spain working! How many thousand Spanish work on the rock, well I guess if they are not interested in the rest of Spain getting work why would they worry about putting a few thousand more on the dole queue… all because Rajoy uses the rock as a political distraction, what year do these people think they are living in 🙂

  2. I agree Mike. Margallo is a political dinosaur – as is his party, the PP – still mired in corruption scandals, counter-intuitive policy making decisions and massive ongoing wastage of public money on things like unnecessary high speed rail links that will never be profitable, assuming they ever get completed.

    Even though he and his ilk have no real authority in the power-vacuum that is Spanish politics today, they still behave as if they have. No carrot and stick approach from them to move their poor old donkey forward. They just throw away the carrots and beat the poor beast with the stick! Time and time again. If they’re allowed to continue in this manner, the beast will die of starvation – or it might just rebel – eventually.

    I do hope the Spanish voters see through all this bluff and bluster and replace him and his ilk with younger, fresher faces and ideas. Sadly, it seems the newer parties on the scene are too busy squabbling amongst themselves to pull together and take over from the old guard.

    At least the weather’s still sunny though – even if the political outlook isn’t.

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