August 5th, 2013
06:24 AM ET

UK committed to Gibraltar in row with Spain

The United Kingdom won't compromise over the sovereignty of Gibraltar in the latest row with Spain over the rocky outcropping on its southern tip.

"Our differences with Spain on Gibraltar will be resolved by political means through our relationship as EU partners, not through disproportionate measures such as the border delays we have seen over the past week," the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.

Spain recently ramped up border checks, leaving drivers languishing in line for hours on end. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia-Margallo also has suggested imposing a 50-euro fee on every vehicle entering and leaving Gibraltar.

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  1. Cecil Rhodes

    Britain was great when they embraced the values of conquest and domination. Now they embrace the values of conciliation, getting along, and self-loathing for the perceived sins of their fathers. As a result, they are at best mediocre Britain. On the other hand, Spaniards are lazy socialists, and they will assuredly make conditions upon Gib worse. This is like a fat kid and a sissy boy bickering on the playground. It will be interesting to see who prevails.

    August 5, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Måd

    It's belonged to Britain for 200 years, get over it. This is just being done to drum up gibberish nationalist sentiment at a time when the Spanish govt is under fire and the economy is banged up.

    August 5, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    Actually Gibraltar has been part of the British Crown for 300 yrs now and it was Spanish for a period of something like 14 years as it was occupied for many years previously.

    August 5, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    Spain and Argentina can just cry on each other's shoulders. Neither has a valid claim to the British territories they seek to steal.

    August 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Gibraltor became part of the visigothic Kingdom of Hispania after collapse of the Roman Empire then came under moors in711 AD. Then again it became a part of the unified Kingdom of Spain until 1704. Spain ceded it to Britain in 1704 under a treaty.
    greatness of 'values of conquest and domination' and bloodshed down the road of history.
    Lets have another Falklands.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dcapettini

    Britain should consider giving up Gibraltar when Spain decides to give Morocco Ceuta, which geographically is as Moroccan as Gibraltar is Spanish. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

    August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |