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Aug 05 - Telegraph Poll Asks Readers Whether Gibraltar is British or Spanish

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telegraphIn another report on Gibraltar’s current dispute with Spain, the Telegraph has carried out a poll asking for readers to vote whether Gibraltar is British or Spanish. With 725 voters claiming that Gibraltar is in fact Spanish, 4,092 correctly believe that it is British.

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Aug 05 - Foreign Office Urges Spain to Stick to Cordoba Agreement

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spanish flagIn sight of the heavy measures outlined by Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo in an attempt to seriously clamp down on frontier controls and help fishermen who Sr. Margallo claims have been affected by the implementation of an artificial reef in BGTW, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has reiterated it’s position on Gibraltar’s sovereignty, claiming that the UK will not compromise it.

The FCO adds that political difference will be resolved through political mean and not through disproportionate measures such as the border delays. The UK Government wishes to continue to have a strong relationship with the Government of Spain.

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Aug 05 - Spanish Author continues to show his support for Gibraltar

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Spanish FlagSpanish Author sends through another article, showing us that it's not just Gibraltarian people that are against the current frothier problems that have escalated recently. Below is a copy of the article sent to us. 

ESCRACHES A LA GUARDIA CIVILHace casi nueve meses que me fui a vivir a Gibraltar y desde el primer día he venido advirtiendo que la situación que crea el Gobierno español en la frontera iba a acabar reventando y, lamentablemente, he tenido razón.

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Aug 05 - UKIP MEP Urges British Government to Send a Frigate

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william dartmouthA statement from UKIP MEP for South West England & Gibraltar, William Dartmouth, on yesterday’s threats from the Spanish Government:

"Following the latest escalation by the Spanish Government over Gibraltar with the Spanish Foreign Minister threatening a range of actions including blocking of the peninsula's airspace, William Dartmouth, UKIP Euro MP for Gibraltar has said, “It is time that the Government pulled its finger out and stopped mouthing diplomatic niceties to Madrid. It is becoming obvious that the Spanish Prime Minister, caught up in a corruption scandal and with a tanking economy with over 50% of their youth out of work needs a distraction, and their futile claims over Gibraltar seem to fit his bill.

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Aug 05 - Margallo Sabre Rattling Will Not Help Cross Border Relations – Picardo Tells BBC

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bbcThis weekend Gibraltar topped headlines within a number of major media outlets in the UK, including the BBC. A report covering Sr. Margallo’s insistence that heavy set backs may be employed by the Spanish Government in an attempt to help fishermen who have been affected by the ‘destruction of fishing grounds’ in Gibraltar, states that the UK reasserted its ties following Margallo’s comment, saying that it wanted to continue its strong relation ship with Spain.

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Aug 05 - The Express: "Britain furious as Foreign Office warning on Gibraltar ignored"

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Gibraltar News - The Express Aug 04The international press coverage of Gibraltar's tense situation with Spain continues with The Express releasing an article yesterday titled "Spain Rocks the boat: Britain furious as Foreign Office warning on Gibraltar ignored". 

The article outlines the recent summoning of Spain's ambassador to the Foreign Office. It states that "Britain reacted with fury last night after Spain flouted an official Foreign Office reprimand by imposing further border controls". 

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Aug 05 - Margallo Scare Tactics Tops Sky News Stories

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sky newsIn a report that stood as the top story in Sky News’ ‘World News’ category, the media giant yesterday reported that Britain is concerned by comments made by Spain’s foreign minister to Spanish daily ABC, outlining a selection of particularly hard-hitting measures that he claims the Government are considering imposing. These include, a possible €50 fee when crossing through the frontier, the closure of Spanish airspace to planes flying to Gibraltar as well as changing rules to increase tax revenue from online gaming companies in Gibraltar.

The report adds that a Foreign Office spokesman expressed concern over Margallo’s comments causing the department to look into the matter further.

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Aug 05 - Defenders Outline Margallo's ‘Intimidatory Tactics’

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defendersThis weekend pressure group, the Defenders of Gibraltar responded to a number of threats imposed by Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo in Spanish media reports.

A statement released by the group notes, ‘This beautiful Sunday morning, I woke up to an influx in Spanish Media reports with information concerning Spanish Foreign Minister Margallo's future plans for Gibraltar. Given the seemingly ad-hoc and clumsy nature of undoubtedly Spain's worst Foreign Minister ever, I thought I'd have a deeper look at what it entailed and its feasibility.

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Aug 05 - Gov Press Release - Magallo's Very Un-European Rant Does Not Surprise Gibraltar

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Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar notes the publication of various belligerent and threatening news reports in the Spanish media over the weekend, culminating in an interview with the Foreign Secretary of the Kingdom of Spain, Jose Maria Margallo with Spanish newspaper ABC.

The statements are clearly made in ill-thought out defiance of the requests made of Spain by the United Kingdom when the Spanish Ambassador was called into the Foreign Office in London last Friday.

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