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The Spanish Add Parsley To Gibraltar Stew

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

02 August 2002


Gibraltar's Panorama News Service reports that Sports Minister, Ernest Britto, managed to button-hole British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a reception prior to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Mr Britto appealed to Mr Blair either to visit Gibraltar himself or to agree to a meeting with Chief Minister, Peter Caruana, so that he could experience personally and see for himself the strong views held by Gibraltarians against the course of action the Labour Government has embarked upon in its negotiations with Spain.

The PM was non-committal in his reply but indicated that he would like to meet Chief Minister, Peter Caruana.

Panorama also reports that Britain's intelligence service, MI6, is supplying Morocco with "sensitive information" about developments in the Anglo-Spanish deal over Gibraltar, and that the Spanish think Morrocco's invasion of Parsley Island, just one day before Britain was due to meet with Spain to announce agreement in principle of the joint sovereignty of Gibraltar, was no coincidence.

The theory is that Britain will not give up or compromise its military sovereignty over Gibraltar until any Spanish presence on the other side of the strait is neutralised.

Very complicated, and probably news to Tony, who as would-be future leader of a federal Europe has his eyes set on a much higher plane. But MI6, like the CIA, has its own inscrutable agenda, so, who knows?


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