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Shard of the British Empire

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Recently, residents of Cyprus built an artificial concrete reef in order to eradicate what they consider to be Spanish fish poaching. This was the beginning of a quarrel between Spain and the UK. Madrid introduced a meticulous border control at the border: now the cars are in customs for three hours or even six hours. Moreover, Spain threatens to impose a frontier "admission fee": 43 pounds (fifty euros) from the nose for "there" and the same amount for "back." This is reminiscent of the services of an Arab in Egypt, who helps a tourist climb a camel for a dollar, and then takes the money and get off. London also initiated a major naval exercises at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, aloud, however, noting that these maneuvers have long been planned.




As can be learned from the Western media, the conflict started at the end of July. 24-th and 25-th in the Gulf of Algeciras seventy concrete blocks were dropped into the water. Reinforcing rods stick out of the blocks - a meter and a half long. In fact, it is an artificial reef blocking the passage of Spanish fishing vessels.

Spain responded with protracted checks at the border. In the queue, the machines stand idle for three to six hours, British newspapers say. Drivers complain that the customs officers are supposedly looking for smuggling.

Then the Spanish Foreign Minister Garcia-Margallo said that Spain plans to impose a tax on crossing the border with Gibraltar. The tax rate is Euro 50 (pounds 43). The tax, as they say in the press, is intended to compensate for the financial losses of Spanish fishermen. In addition, the Spaniards frightened Britain with a complaint to the United Nations.

Answers came from London. Madrid's border measures were called disproportionate and politically motivated on Downing Street, then they threatened to appeal to the European Court, and later, on August 12, ten ships of the Royal Navy fleet from Plymouth and Portsmouth went to Gibraltar as part of some "routine" planned exercises. True, it was publicly announced that Spain had been notified of these maneuvers ahead of time. The press also writes that Britain was going to defend Gibraltar "like the Falkland Islands." It is not surprising, therefore, that Argentina in this geopolitical quarrel showed solidarity with Spain ...

The inhabitants of Gibraltar themselves are not willing to be Spaniards. This was also shown by the 1967 referendum of the year: 12138 Gibraltarians voted against the transition under Spanish sovereignty, and only 44 was in favor. Later the referendums were repeated; they ended with a similar result. And today, when mass unemployment is rampant in Spain and a crisis is rampant, no one breaks into the Spaniards on the peninsula at all.

Gibraltarians want to be British nationals, still pay almost no taxes (there is actually an offshore: a single 10-interest tax for foreign companies, thriving online casinos, banking and financial consulting institutions) and use the military protection of the United Kingdom. They also want free movement towards Spain. Many Spaniards, by the way, work in Gibraltar: there are a lot of them - about ten thousand.

Fiona Govan ("The Telegraph") notes that many people at the border now abandon their cars and walk across the border on foot. Traffic jams at the Spanish border do not end.

Around 10000, the Spaniards cross this border every day, going to work in a self-governing British overseas territory, having an area of ​​just 2,6 square. miles and inhabited about 30000 people. The queues at the border were first formed on Tuesday this week in the morning, at about half past nine. By the middle of that day, the cars were already idle for five hours.

The Gibraltarians believe that the “checks” at the border are a retaliatory measure of Spain taken in protest against the creation of an artificial reef in the waters of Gibraltar, which are the subject of a dispute over the rights to fishing.

Fabian Picardo, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, accused the Spanish government of distracting attention from its own internal problems with a new scandal. The Spanish government is accused of corruption, and these accusations also affect Mr. Rajoy (Spanish Prime Minister) himself, the Sky News politician said.

Interestingly, the party ERC, calling for a referendum on the independence of Catalonia, expressed solidarity with the self-determined Gibraltar.

Pierce Go («Mirror») reports that the European Commission plans to send a group of investigators to the border of Gibraltar in the next two weeks. Their goal is to observe “new controls”. The planned investigation is a reaction of the EU to complaints from several deputies of the European Parliament, as well as from EU citizens dissatisfied with long delays at the border.

30000 residents of British overseas territory cling to their British roots, reminds the journalist. Pound currency, red mailboxes, recognizable British shops and banks, English - all this is a legacy of Gibraltar's longstanding ties with England. The results of several referendums held in Gibraltar over the course of many years (the last one in 2002) demonstrate the desire of the overwhelming majority of the population to belong to the British crown.

Simon Jenkins («The Guardian») has a special point of view on the question.

The observer believes that the claims of Great Britain to Gibraltar, this fragment of the empire, are an empty sound in international law. Currently, they are completely abnormal. Of course, people living in colonies are entitled to their opinion, but this right will never redefine political reality.

The fact is that the residents of this “colony” claim that they are “more British than the British themselves”. However, they pay almost no UK taxes and act as tax havens when transferring funds from the UK. Gibraltar specializes in online gambling. The Colony declares loyalty to the crown, but not to its treasury or its financial police. Not wanting to pay taxes, they want the crown to send soldiers or diplomats to help them.

However, the decision of Spain to introduce a "entry fee" to the 43 pound is also no good. This is excessive, said the journalist. Border “robberies” are counterproductive and somewhat resemble a clumsy Argentinean attempt to land on the Falklands.

The journalist asked a fellow British citizen who claimed that he was “on 150% British” why he should not pay all British taxes. He replied: “Why should I pay people thousands of kilometers?”

If the inhabitants of Gibraltar, the author of the article believes, do not accept taxes and financial discipline adopted in most European countries, while their business is connected with Europe, they can hardly expect that one EU state will protect them from another. The six-hour queue at La Linea is a small fee for refusing to join the real world, Jenkins says ironically.

As for the teachings and the general threat of war between Spain and Britain, which is also written in the Western media, this is from the realm of fantasy. Especially since the naval teachings are really planned, and the scandal is started only in order to divert the attention of the Spaniards from corruption in their own government ...

Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
- especially for topwar.ru
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  1. xetai9977
    xetai9977 15 August 2013 07: 50 New
    +8
    As long as there is such a big gap between the standard of living between Spain and Britain (read Gibraltar), the Spaniards do not shine. It is necessary to raise their economy and not play sovereignty. Yes, the time of colonialism has already passed. But the migrants themselves have a different opinion. Who will agree to lose wealth due to political games?
    1. Constantine
      Constantine 15 August 2013 09: 16 New
      +7
      Quote: xetai9977
      As long as there is such a big gap between the standard of living between Spain and Britain (read Gibraltar), the Spaniards do not shine. It is necessary to raise their economy and not play sovereignty. Yes, the time of colonialism has already passed. But the migrants themselves have a different opinion. Who will agree to lose wealth due to political games?


      Catalonia thinks so too wink The Spaniards do not want to work. They have either lunch, siesta, or something else + all of this is seasoned with a terrible bureaucracy and, as they say, we have tea to drink. It is not clear how this state functions at all. request Well, about the sovereignty in the EU - of course it is strong, but not quite right wink
      1. Aryan
        Aryan 15 August 2013 10: 16 New
        +1
        The British are right; to hold such a strait, many and many have ...
        how they opposed the capture of Constantinople throughout Russian History
        and the fact that they are all NATO members and in the European Union didn’t solve anything their conflict
        with their Hercules Pillars ...
    2. Papakiko
      Papakiko 15 August 2013 11: 39 New
      +6
      Quote: xetai9977
      We need to raise our economy, and not play in sovereignty.

      Spain has been repeatedly persecuted for its independence over the past 700 years, and not a single strong state in geyvrop needs neither the Saxons nor everyone else.
      Quote: xetai9977
      Yes, the time of colonialism has already passed.

      The colonies remained, took the form of "independent-sovereign" "states".
      Quote: xetai9977
      But the migrants themselves have a different opinion.

      12138 migrants voted against transition to Spanish sovereignty And the population is about 30 people. Where the rest of the "voices" have gone. probably abstained ?!
      As correctly noticed Komrad:
      Quote: Kibalchish
      The belief says that as long as a colony of maggot monkeys exist in Gibraltar, the territory will be under British rule. In the 1942 year (during the Second World War), after the population was reduced to only a few individuals (only seven monkeys), the British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill ordered that their number be immediately replenished by forest magicians from Morocco and Algeria, in connection with this belief.

      At 6.5 km. with 30 people there is still a colony of half-wild monkeys, where are our absolutely wild bears and why don't they wander around on the streets. belay
      This definitely indicates the true state of affairs and the purpose of this "colony state." Strait control.
      1. Essenger
        Essenger 15 August 2013 18: 01 New
        +3
        Quote: Papakiko
        12138 immigrants voted against the transition under Spanish sovereignty. And the population is about 30 people. Where the rest of the "voices" have gone. probably abstained ?!

        This question is perplexing. Not all adults, or in Russia, all 140 million people have the right to vote?
        1. Papakiko
          Papakiko 15 August 2013 21: 43 New
          0
          Quote: Essenger
          This question is perplexing. Not all adults, or in Russia, all 140 million people have the right to vote?

          There are two minors per adult. belay
          And I couldn’t think of it better! hi
          1. Essenger
            Essenger 16 August 2013 03: 35 New
            +4
            Quote: Papakiko
            Quote: Essenger
            This question is perplexing. Not all adults, or in Russia, all 140 million people have the right to vote?

            There are two minors per adult. belay
            And I couldn’t think of it better! hi

            Wikipedia: The population of Gibraltar is 28,875 people. There are no data on age qualifications. Take 2 to 1. It turns out that more than 19 thousand people have the right to vote, of which 12,1 thousand 63 percent voted. Is this not enough for you? In which countries does the turnout happen at one hundred percent? Well, except for countries like Belarus or the DPRK. Then do not poke you are not personally acquainted.
            1. Papakiko
              Papakiko 16 August 2013 13: 20 New
              0
              Quote: Essenger
              Then do not poke you are not personally acquainted.

              I look and wonder, in your "garden" weed is all overgrown.
              They poured all the pearls. good
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    4. Che
      Che 15 August 2013 20: 27 New
      +4
      Actually, it's time to return Gibraltar, Guantanamo, Falkland and other territories to their true owners. Drive colonialism with a filthy broom.
  2. MilaPhone
    MilaPhone 15 August 2013 07: 56 New
    +2
    Gibraltar is the only place in Europe where half-wild monkeys live - magnets. According to local belief, Gibraltar will be British as long as at least one monkey is alive.
    1. KG_patriot_last
      KG_patriot_last 15 August 2013 08: 11 New
      +2
      And how did they get there? From Africa sailed on rafts?
      1. MilaPhone
        MilaPhone 15 August 2013 08: 28 New
        +1
        Yeah, along with the Moors in which they were considered pets.
    2. IRBIS
      IRBIS 15 August 2013 11: 40 New
      +3
      Quote: Milafon
      According to local legend, Gibraltar will be British as long as at least one monkey is alive.

      Do the Spaniards know about this? I mean, before the persecution of the British, it was necessary to grass in the beginning of the monkeys?
      But seriously - a beautiful place! And how conveniently located ...
      1. MilaPhone
        MilaPhone 15 August 2013 14: 34 New
        +1
        Quote: IRBIS
        Do the Spaniards know about this? I mean, before the persecution of the British, it was necessary to grass in the beginning of the monkeys?

        I think they know, but they will not poison, otherwise Greenpeace will also take up arms against them. smile
  3. nirab
    nirab 15 August 2013 07: 57 New
    +2
    Shits Englishwoman ...
    1. MilaPhone
      MilaPhone 15 August 2013 08: 31 New
      +3
      Don’t feed bread with Latinos for crushing on islands.
  4. 12061973
    12061973 15 August 2013 08: 12 New
    +1
    Dude write about the base of the Navy about hydrophones, the order of passage of ships and control over them, and so the article is not for this site. It would be better if Kaptsov wrote about Gibraltar.
  5. vitek1233
    vitek1233 15 August 2013 08: 15 New
    +3
    let bite it well wink
  6. pinecone
    pinecone 15 August 2013 08: 22 New
    0
    To the author (on Gibraltar Square) Next time, please work hard to recalculate square miles to the usual square kilometers. It is possible in hectares. It's not hard.
    1. MilaPhone
      MilaPhone 15 August 2013 08: 30 New
      +6
      Six square kilometers. In fact - one rock.
  7. abrakadabre
    abrakadabre 15 August 2013 08: 44 New
    +4
    Gradually toss oil into the fire in every possible way.
    Let them play inside the EU
  8. a52333
    a52333 15 August 2013 09: 08 New
    +4
    So, of course, for us it would be better if Gibraltar Spain pressed.
  9. Kibalchish
    Kibalchish 15 August 2013 09: 48 New
    +3
    The belief says that as long as a colony of maggot monkeys exist in Gibraltar, the territory will be under British rule. In the 1942 year (during the Second World War), after the population was reduced to only a few individuals (only seven monkeys), the British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill ordered that their number be immediately replenished by forest magicians from Morocco and Algeria, in connection with this belief.
    1. slaventi
      slaventi 15 August 2013 14: 28 New
      +3
      Then everything is simple. Spain must send its special forces to kill all the monkeys. And sovereignty over Gibraltar will be restored.
      1. Aryan
        Aryan 15 August 2013 15: 19 New
        +2
        It’s easier for all monkeys to give Spanish citizenship and to help their breeding intensively ... lol
  10. Orty
    Orty 15 August 2013 10: 15 New
    +2
    Another proof that Europe will not very soon become united, if at all. By the way, from a military point of view, occupying Gibraltar is now not so difficult, although if they are fighting the same way they work ...
  11. Vorchun
    Vorchun 15 August 2013 10: 42 New
    +4
    I read it and I think, why the hell do I have problems for 30 thousand smart-ass inhabitants of an incomprehensible state?
    1. Estray_
      Estray_ 15 August 2013 16: 50 New
      0
      Yes, and with the monkeys wink
      1. Ka-52
        Ka-52 15 August 2013 18: 17 New
        +1
        To be honest, then to the bulb laughing
        But as an example of competent policy ...
        This is how Russia needed to deal with all its bases on foreign territories.
        Oh dreams! winked In Cuba, in Vietnam. Create offshore zones, send there all fans of the Crystal Casino, Mavrodi with his MMM. Put 10% tax. In the event of an aggravation of relations, the residents themselves will be against and screaming that they are 200% Russians, therefore, legally, to protect them, you can even throw missiles with nuclear warheads.
        1. zvereok
          zvereok 15 August 2013 19: 05 New
          0
          There were already offshore "special ek" within the country. It didn’t lead to anything good.
  12. old man54
    old man54 15 August 2013 12: 47 New
    +1
    The Naglosaxians from the British Isles are given the time to squander the Hybroaltar, which they have occupied, after all, and so it is clear that he always belonged to Spain. This is my long-standing dream, and, I think, it will be such a sore click on the English arrogance and pride, that it’s just a song! good
    The results of several referenda in Gibraltar over the years (the last in the year 2002) indicate the desire of the vast majority of the population to relate to the British crown.

    Yes, in the 91 year, a referendum was also held on the topic of whether the inhabitants of the RSFSR want to separate from other union republics of the USSR. The results are not solid from the forum, and so I know, I won’t repeat it, but the Kremlin liberals didn’t give a damn about these results in the small town, and the super-democratic geyropa and americosia didn’t say a word that it’s just not democratic and authoritarian to not recognize the free choice of the people, and now it's all like that ... But when it’s necessary for the arrogant Saxons, they immediately listen to the opinions of people and so on. What do you think, if the referendum showed that most were against English jurisdiction, what would happen in the end, eh? bully
    1. Che
      Che 16 August 2013 07: 24 New
      +2
      Quote: old man54
      but the Kremlin liberals didn’t give a damn about these results in a small town, and the super-democratic geyropa and americosia didn’t say a word that it’s just not democratic and authoritarian - not to recognize the free choice of the people, and now it's like that ...


      Do puppeteers need it ?. EBN for this and dragged to fulfill their desires. Christ sellers sold their homeland.
  13. Zhenya
    Zhenya 15 August 2013 12: 52 New
    +6
    The title of the article reflects reality. Scotland, Wales will leave the composition and what will remain with England? Notice England, not Great Britain which is no longer great and not Britain, but an Arab colony. Geographically - it will be like the Moscow region.
    1. zvereok
      zvereok 15 August 2013 19: 10 New
      0
      Quote: Marrying
      Geographically - it will be like the Moscow region.


      Well, the region is not so small, I will personally be satisfied when from this mutant an education equal in size to Moscow remains, until its short-sighted expansion by Medvedev.
    2. Che
      Che 16 August 2013 07: 26 New
      +1
      Quote: Marrying
      The title of the article reflects reality. Scotland, Wales will leave the composition and what will remain with England? Notice England, not Great Britain which is no longer great and not Britain, but an Arab colony. Geographically - it will be like the Moscow region.


      They will continue to impersonate and rob. This is familiar to them.
  14. Peaceful military
    Peaceful military 15 August 2013 14: 23 New
    +2
    They have fun (with us, I was born and live in the former. ESSR) in the EU. How long have "stricken wars" between the former. Lat.SSR and former. ESSR ... By the way, they died out when the EU destroyed the fishing of these republics.
    Oh, there’s a lot more fun here. It's only the beginning.
  15. denson06
    denson06 15 August 2013 15: 19 New
    +3
    Quote: Marrying
    The title of the article reflects reality. Scotland, Wales will leave the composition and what will remain with England? Notice England, not Great Britain which is no longer great and not Britain, but an Arab colony. Geographically - it will be like the Moscow region.

    I am also rooting for the Spaniards ..))) You don’t think, I'm not talking about football ..)))
  16. Alexey M
    Alexey M 15 August 2013 15: 55 New
    0
    Gospoldi to the monkey where Europe is heading.
  17. sergej30003
    sergej30003 15 August 2013 16: 05 New
    +4
    Gibraltar for Spain, it's just a shame, humiliation, as if the local population fed the Anglo-Saxons, in fact they are just strikebreakers who serve the interests of another colonial state.
  18. zvereok
    zvereok 15 August 2013 18: 54 New
    +1
    Quote: Papakiko
    The colonies remained, took the form of "independent-sovereign" "states".


    Gold words! When will we see the colonial wars in Europe?
  19. zvereok
    zvereok 15 August 2013 19: 07 New
    +1
    Quote: old man54
    The Naglosaxians from the British Isles are given the time to squander the Hybroaltar, which they have occupied, after all, and so it is clear that he always belonged to Spain. This is my long-standing dream, and, I think, it will be such a sore click on the English arrogance and pride, that it’s just a song! good


    If this is a dream, what status does the referendum on the separation of Scotland have?
    1. old man54
      old man54 15 August 2013 20: 12 New
      +3
      Quote: zvereok
      If this is a dream, what status does the referendum on the separation of Scotland have?

      in my head status, or where? If I understand your question correctly, then even more priority! If at one time Spain did not strongly cling to this rock and even did not wage wars for it (the forces of the British Empire and Spain were very disproportionate then), then Scotland stubbornly conquered Scotland, slaughtering and humiliating its population. The film “Braveheart” only conveys all the bitterness of those years and the true state of affairs in Scotland. But everyone who personally knows the Scots in a voice says that they are not Angilians in spirit and attitude, in general! They are most like us, they have a craving for freedom! And they are free, so that the arrogant Saxons would not tune against this! That's just the fin.crisis will finish England, it will shrink, the EU will disintegrate for the same reason, and it will not be able to hold on to the Scots any more, and there will be no strength, not even then will be petty shaved! lol
      1. Che
        Che 16 August 2013 07: 29 New
        +2
        Old Man 54.

        By the way, persecution went to the director after the film. Oh no wonder.