Monday, 3 April 2017

Four Days after Brexit starts we are talking about War.

Four Days just Four Days into the Official Brexit and we are already talking about gping to War with Spain

And some Tories seem to be pumped up with steroids over the prospect, former Tory leader Michael Howard compared Theresa May’s promise to stand by Gibraltar during the Brexit negotiations to the Thatcher Government’s decision to go to war over the Falklands, in an interview on Sky News.

He told Sophy Ridge on Sky News:

“There is no question whatever that our Government will stand by 
Gibraltar.“Thirty five years ago this week ­another woman prime minister sent a task force half way across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country. I am absolutely certain our current Prime Minister will show the same resolve.”

One retired Rear Admiral told the Daily Telegraph that Britain could still "cripple" Spain but more investment in the military were required.

Rear-Admiral Chris Parry, a former director of operational capability at the Ministry of Defence, said:

"If the Government wants to talk big over Gibraltar, or indeed anywhere else, they have to invest appropriately in the military capacity to back that up."We are a lot less powerful than we were during the Falklands and we are less sustainable over time. Our capacity for actually enforcing our national will in military terms is significantly less."Our war fighting assets are weak after years of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and because of the disingenuous way in which the Government has resourced defence.
 Bur he added: 

"We could cripple Spain in the medium term and I think the Americans would probably support us too. Spain should learn from history that it is never worth taking us on and that we could still singe the King of Spain’s beard”
The Prospect of Gibraltar   becoming a spark for a US -EU war seems ludicrous but lets face with Trump in the White House and Boris Johnson in the UK Foreign Office god knows what could happen.

Gibraltar British Overseas Territory one of those parts of the British Empire that have not been granted independence or have voted to remain British territories. These territories do not form part of the United King
dom and, with the exception of Gibraltar, are not part of the European Union,

Maybe the UK now wish they had given Gibraltar the same status of a a self-governing crown dependency

In a referendum held in 2002, Gibraltarians rejected by an overwhelming majority (98%) a proposal of shared sovereignty on which Spain and Britain were said to have reached "broad agreement".[

The Isle of Man holds neither membership nor associate membership of the European Union, and thus did not take part in the 2016 referendum on the UK's EU membership. Protocol 3 of the UK's Act of Accession to the Treaty of Rome included the Isle of Man within the EU's customs area, allowing for trade in Manx goods without tariffs throughout the EU. However, there are still limitations on the movement of capital and services.

But this wil be another problem where the status of an small Island whose wishes will not be considerd wil be affected by Brexit

In a referendum held in 2002, Gibraltarians rejected by an overwhelming majority (98%) a proposal of shared sovereignty on which Spain and Britain were said to have reached "broad agreement".[

But Gibraltar overwhelmingly voted to remain in the Union. There was a strong voter turnout of 82% resulting in 19,322 votes to remain and only 823 to leave..

The Government have had a year before signing article 50 and clearly failed to consider anything other than Brexit means Brexit.

The consequences of this failure in diplomacy with what will be our former partners, could be dire,

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