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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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Spain's Approaches to NATO

Spain's Approaches to NATO

June 1980–March 1982

(p.27) Four Spain's Approaches to NATO
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes the implications of the Spanish Government's push for NATO membership on the Gibraltar issue. If Spain hoped that its membership would enable it somehow to circumvent Britain's adherence to the principle of respecting the wishes of the Gibraltarians as far as sovereignty was concerned, that would only serve to stiffen the resolve of the British Government to adhere to that principle. Whilst Britain wanted Spain to join NATO as a means of strengthening the Alliance's southern flank, it was determined that this would have no effect on its attitude towards Gibraltarian sovereignty.

Keywords:   NATO membership, Gibraltarian soveriegnty, southern flank

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