FAES Papers Gibraltar: What Could Have Been and What Still Could Be

16/05/2017

Josep Piqué

Josep Piqué, former Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Fifteen years have passed (10th May) since the last “Draft Joint Spanish-British Declaration on Gibraltar". This draft still contained a number of differences which, although not minor exactly, were certainly resolvable in essentially related to the “long-lasting” or “definitive” character of the agreement, to the nature of an eventual binding referendum in Gibraltar and to the legal and operational status of the naval base and other military installations.

_"Straw clearly understood the need to offer Gibraltar a stable, secure and prosperous future, something that would only be possible in the medium and long term through an agreement with Spain"

_ "Brexit means that, although Gibraltar does not belong to the United Kingdom, Gibraltar ceases to be a territory that is subject to the Treaties, to the extent that its international representation inevitably corresponds to the United Kingdom"

_"The idea of co-sovereignty, in spite of the Gibraltarians’ initial rejection, continues to be the best option in the absence of any real alternatives. We are faced with a golden opportunity to resolve an outdated and somewhat anachronistic legacy of the past"

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