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FCO Dismissive Of Gibraltar's Referendum Plans

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

06 September 2002


According to a report from locally-based news service, Iberia News.com, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has dismissed the Gibraltar government's plans to hold a referendum on sovereignty on November 7 as 'eccentric'.

Iberia News observed that the FCO's response was 'predictable', and noted that 'The British Position is unchanged from their response in July when it was first indicated a referendum would take place'. It went on to warn that:

'The results of a referendum could place Gibraltar and Britain on a collision course over Gibraltar's future, with Britain as the colonial power already seen undermining the commitment given to Gibraltar to respect its wishes in the future.'

Meanwhile, Spanish Foreign Minister, Ana Palacio responded to the referendum announcement in similarly dismissive terms this week, informing the Reuters news service that: 'We just agree with what have been the declarations by (Foreign) Minister, Jack Straw and (European Affairs) Minister, Peter Hain that this referendum has no legal value.'

She added that: 'We are all outside this (debate), but we fully agree with this analysis.'


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