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A Stone in Spain's ShoeThe Search for a Solution to the Problem of Gibraltar$
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Peter Gold

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780853232094

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317262

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The Border is Fully Opened: Negotiations Get Under Way

The Border is Fully Opened: Negotiations Get Under Way

January-February 1985

(p.85) Ten The Border is Fully Opened: Negotiations Get Under Way
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the full opening of the border on 5 February 1985. In preparation for the event, Spanish and Gibraltarian officials met on 10 and 11 January to discuss practical matters relating to the re–establishment of communications, such as police control, customs, work permits, and telecommunications. The talks resulted in the publication in Madrid on 18 January of detailed regulations about the movement of people, goods, and vehicles across the border. At the stroke of midnight between 4 and 5 February 1985, the border gates which had been closed on the Spanish side for the last 16 years were finally fully opened. That same day British and Spanish delegations, led by their respective Foreign Ministers, met at the International Conference Centre in Geneva to discuss the implementation of the Brussels Declaration. It was the first occasion on which the two Foreign Ministers had arranged a formal encounter specifically to talk about Gibraltar.

Keywords:   border opening, Brussels Declaration, police control, customs, work permits, telecommunications

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