Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The complications of empire

The British empire might seem to be a topic for a history textbook, but it's now a complication for Brexit.

Brexit: Gibraltar angered by Spain's EU 'veto'
Gibraltar has accused Spain of manipulating the European Council for its own political interests.
Gibraltar
A draft document on the EU's Brexit strategy said no agreement on the EU's future relationship with the UK would apply to Gibraltar without the consent of Spain, giving it a potential veto.
But Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo said this was "unacceptable".

Conservative MPs in the UK have warned that the sovereignty of the UK overseas territory is non-negotiable…

Spain has long contested Britain's 300 year-rule of Gibraltar.

Gibraltarians, who number about 30,000, rejected by 99% to 1% the idea of the UK sharing sovereignty with Spain, in a vote in 2002…

Following last June's EU referendum - in which Gibraltar voted by 96% to 4% to remain in the EU - Spain's then foreign minister suggested shared sovereignty could allow Gibraltarians to maintain some of the benefits of EU membership and enable Spain to "plant its flag" there…

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