Matthew Taylor

Sunday political interviews round-up: ‘Show resolve’ over Gibraltar

Michael Howard – ‘Show resolve’ over Gibraltar

Former Conservative leader Michael Howard caused a stir on social media after his appearance on the Sunday Politics regarding his comments about Spain and Gibraltar.

Interviewed by Andrew Neil, Howard stated that the British government should respond ‘as it has responded, by making it absolutely clear that we will stand by Gibraltar.’

He then continued: ‘35 years ago this week Andrew, another woman Prime Minister sent a taskforce halfway across the world to protect another small group of British people against another Spanish speaking country, and I’m absolutely clear that our current woman Prime Minister will show the same resolve in relation to Gibraltar as her predecessor did.’

Howard’s allusions to the Falklands campaign have invited comparisons to a clip from the 1990s satirical show Brass Eye, in which Chris Morris’s character incites a full scale war out of a simple trade agreement.

Fabian Picardo – Shared sovereignty ‘would strip us of who we are’

Interviewed on the Andrew Marr Show, Fabian Picardo, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, was asked by guest presenter Eddie Mair about the European Council’s draft negotiating document in which it asserts that Spain must have a right of veto over any future relationship with the British territory. Picardo responded that:

‘This is somebody else’s document. It’s not our document. If this were in the British document for the negotiations then I would be very upset and I would ensure it came out… This is what the other side are saying that one of the parties wants in the context of the negotiation. Well, I’m surprised this is all they’ve put in. They haven’t put in anything about the sovereignty of Gibraltar, which is what Spain we know wants. So to a very great extent, this has limited the application of the principle of Gibraltar in the context of what the EU is going to come to the table with, simply by Spain saying “Gibraltar must form part of the exit negotiations, but it cannot form part of the future deal negotiation.

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