As has already been stated publicly, on 19th August 2013, the Spanish right wing group Manos Limpias issued a complaint addressed to the European Commission against the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo and the Governor of Gibraltar, complaining of alleged breaches of EU environmental law and the law of the sea. At the foot of the complaint, Manos Limpias made a defamatory statement about the Chief Minister. The statements in question also referred to His Excellency the Governor, Sir Adrian Johns.
On Tuesday Morning, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia visited the frontier queue complaints counter and the frontier monitoring control office, in the Air Terminal Building.
The office has been open for less than two weeks but has already received 263 complaints both on-line and in person. The majority of the complaints are being submitted on-line by persons of different nationalities who have been made to wait in a frontier queue enter or exit Spain.
According to Spanish Website, La Linea Digital, the cross border workers association has warned that there could be problems with Spanish Radicals coming to GIbraltar to form a protest on the 10th September this year.
National Day is a day of great pride here in Gibraltar and the Royal Gibraltar Police is already working on how to ensure that everyone has a great and safe time. The heightened tensions have been caused by the artificial reef that was laid over a month ago, sparking retaliation from Spanish Government, especially at the Frontier.
GSD Leader Daniel Feetham has accepted the SDGG’s invitation to the National Day Rally. Mr. Feetham does so in order to highlight the importance of solidarity amongst all the people of Gibraltar on a day of national celebration, ‘at a time when our rights as a people are under particular threat’.
For the sake of clarity the Leader of the opposition has said that his attendance at the rally does not signify an abandonment of the GSD’s long held position that since the New Constitution, Gibraltar enjoys a maximum level of self-Government short of independence and compatible with continued British sovereignty. That also remains the position of the United Kingdom Government as publicly expressed by them on numerous occasions.
Deputy Chief Minister of the UK, Nick Clegg, last night spoke to Spanish Deputy Chief Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, regarding the on-going dispute between Gibraltar and Spain. Mr. Clegg regularly visits Spain with his Spanish wife and children, and is fluent in the language.
A spokesperson for the Deputy Chief Minister explained that Mr. Clegg spoke to the Spanish Deputy Chief Minister by phone. They add, ‘he reiterated the United Kingdom and Gibraltar’s commitment to ad hoc dialogue and confirmed that we were keen to discuss details of how we can take this forward.’