- Title Pages
- One Introduction
- Two Gibraltar Incommunicado
- Three The Lisbon Agreement
- Four Spain's Approaches to NATO
- Five ‘Different and Distant’? the Falklands/Malvinas Dispute
- Six Spain Joins NATO
- Seven The Border Remains Closed
- Eight Felipe Opens the Gates
- Nine Towards the Brussels Declaration
- Ten The Border is Fully Opened: Negotiations Get Under Way
- Eleven Osmosis Begins
- Twelve Sovereignty and Sovereigns
- Thirteen Into Felipe's Second Term: Guards and Gates
- Fourteen The Battle over the Airport
- Fifteen Gibraltarians Vote to Resist
- Sixteen First Visits by First Ladies
- Seventeen The Bossano Strategy
- Eighteen Spain's Role in Death on the Rock
- Nineteen A European Hong Kong?
- Twenty Tackling Money-Laundering and Smuggling
- Twenty-One Felipe Visits London
- Twenty-Two Four More Years for Joe Bossano
- Twenty-Three The External Frontier Issue Remains Unresolved
- Twenty-Four Conclusion
- Appendix 1 The Treaty of Utrecht (2–13 July 1713)
- Appendix 2 The Lisbon Agreement (10 April 1980)
- Appendix 3 The Brussels Declaration (27 November 1984)
- Appendix 4 The Government of Gibraltar
The Border Remains Closed
The Border Remains Closed
- (p.59) Seven The Border Remains Closed
- A Stone in Spain's Shoe
- Liverpool University Press
This chapter examines the delay in renewed talks between Britain and Spain, as well as the reopening of the border between Spain and Gibraltar, both of which were scheduled for 25 June 1982. Foreign Ministers Pym and Perez–Llorca met in Luxembourg on 21 June as part of the negotiations relating to Spain's membership in the EC. By then it was clear that Spain had been pressing London to agree that the communique after the Sintra talks should include an indication that the question of sovereignty had been discussed and that a timetable had been set for negotiations. A Spanish note sent to the Foreign Office about the Sintra talks suggested a new treaty to replace that of Utrecht, which would guarantee and safeguard all the legitimate interests and the well–being of the inhabitants of Gibraltar, but re–establish Spain's territorial integrity. However, given the climate of the day, Britain was unwilling to agree to this, and the Spanish Government decided to postpone the talks without setting a new date and to keep the frontier closed.
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