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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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Towards the Brussels Declaration

Towards the Brussels Declaration

March 1983-November 1984

(p.68) Nine Towards the Brussels Declaration
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
Liverpool University Press

This chapter details the progress of negotiations between Spain and Britain from March 1983 to November 1984. The spring of 1983 marked a real beginning of negotiations heralded by the Lisbon Agreement. The first opportunity for talks presented itself on 16 March, when Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Fernando Moran went to London as part of a series of bilateral visits he was making to European Community countries. On 27 November 1984 Sir Geoffrey Howe and Fernando Moran met in Brussels. The negotiations which had been going on behind the scenes finally bore fruit in the agreement which has come to be known in Britain as the Brussels Declaration. Designed as a statement which committed both sides to apply the Lisbon Agreement of 1980, the two most significant aspects of the Brussels accord were that Spain would lift restrictions on Gibraltar by 15 February 1985 and that Britain would discuss the question of sovereignty.

Keywords:   Brussels Declaration, Lisbon Agreement, sovereignty, Sir Geoffrey Howe, Fernando Moran

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