By R. H. Haigh, D S Morris, D. S. Morris, J. Bossano
For the reason 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 relatives. Arguing that Gibraltar has performed a way more proactive function in negotiations than is believed, the publication describes the targets and activities of the Gibraltarians opposed to the broader map of Anglo-Spanish family.
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Extra info for Britain, Spain and Gibraltar 1945-1990: The Eternal Triangle
Two scenarios were offered in the Spanish statement as to the outcome of the constitutional talks currently being held in Gibraltar. 43 BRITAIN, SPAIN AND GIBRALTER 1945–90 Firstly, if the new measures that were proposed did not change Gibraltar’s status they would serve to perpetuate a colonial situation condemned by the UN and Spain. Secondly, if the new measures did change Gibraltar’s status they would unilaterally alter the Treaty of Utrecht and convert Gibraltar into Spanish territory under illegal and military occupation by a foreign power.
To add force to these actions the Spanish authorities ceased to renew licences for goods and passenger vehicles crossing the frontier. Further action was taken on 21 November when the Spanish authorities began to close the frontier gates an hour earlier than previously. Inconvenience was caused to both Spanish, Gibraltarian and other citizens by this growing range of restrictions. Spanish citizens who had spent all, or the greater part, of their working lives in Gibraltar were now no longer allowed to use the passports and ‘workers’ passes’ necessary for their daily crossing of the frontier into Gibraltar.
A number of possible courses of action were debated covering: direct financial aid and the development of the Rock’s tourist potential; retaliatory action against Spain and the recall of the British Ambassador; tighter immigration controls on Spanish workers seeking to enter Britain; and the replacement of Gibraltar’s current Spanish workforce by workers brought in from other locations. Additionally, consideration was given to the measures likely to be adopted on Gibraltar by the UN later in the year and the need for coalition building among Britain’s friends at the UN was recognised.