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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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First Visits by First Ladies

First Visits by First Ladies

April-October 1988

(p.140) Sixteen First Visits by First Ladies
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
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This chapter describes the first–time visits to Spain by Queen Elizabeth and Mrs Thatcher in fall 1998. The visits showed that Britain was comfortable with the progress of negotiations on Gibraltar, and indicated that Spain accepted rapprochement at all levels as a necessary concomitant to those negotiations. The visits also served to demonstrate the determination on the part of the British Government that the message conveyed by the Gibraltarians through the election of Joe Bossano would not affect good relations between Britain and Spain, and would not impede the continuation of the negotiation process.

Keywords:   state visits, Margaret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth, Joe Bossano

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