Britain, Spain and Gibraltar 1945-1990: The Eternal Triangle by R. H. Haigh, D S Morris, D. S. Morris, J. Bossano

By R. H. Haigh, D S Morris, D. S. Morris, J. Bossano

Considering the fact that 1945 Gibraltar's sovereignty has time and again been puzzled. A strategic ownership overlooking Africa on the mouth of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar is the sufferer of either historical past and geography and remains to be the barometer of Anglo-Spanish kin. Arguing that Gibraltar has performed a way more proactive position in negotiations than is believed, the publication describes the targets and activities of the Gibraltarians opposed to the broader map of Anglo-Spanish family members.

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The tourist industry, and businesses dependent upon it, had been severely affected and Gibraltar was having to seek alternative suppliers of goods formerly imported from Spain. In short, the exchange of Notes between the British and Spanish Governments in the latter part of 1964 had failed to produce any alleviation of the problems afflicting Gibraltar as a direct result of the introduction of frontier restrictions by Spain. In consequence, a new round of representations began on 11 January 1965 when the British Ambassador delivered a formal Note to Señor Castiella protesting against the frontier restrictions and asking for them to be immediately lifted.

The Note maintained that the frontier restrictions were not directed against 40 NO SOLUTION IN SIGHT the people of Gibraltar but were a result of the British Government’s ‘refusal to comply with the UN resolution’ and its avowed intention to proceed with a constitutional conference on Gibraltar from which Spain would be excluded. In the light of the new Spanish frontier restrictions the economic well-being of Gibraltar was a cause of growing concern both in the Colony itself and in London and it was to assess the magnitude of the damage being done to the Rock’s economy, and to find ways of sustaining the Colony, that Mr Thomson visited Gibraltar on 22–4 May for further talks with the Governor, Sir Gerald Lathbury, and Sir Joshua Hassan.

Two days later Mr Greenwood told the House of Commons that he had reassured his visitors that Britain ‘was fully conscious of our obligation to protect the welfare of Gibraltar and the legitimate interests of its people’. On 10 December the British Ambassador communicated to Señor Castiella an oral message from the British Foreign Secretary, Mr Patrick Gordon Walker, who recalled that one of his first acts on taking office in the previous October had been to inform Señor Castiella of the desire of the new, Labour, British Government to maintain good relations with Spain and that such a desire still remained.

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