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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

What is Spain v Gibraltar row about?

3D waving flag of Gibraltar
The Prime Minister says he has 'serious concerns' over Spanish proposals to charge a fee for crossing the border into Gibraltar.
Spain has said it is considering a range of proposals including a new 50 euro (£43) fee to cross the border into the British territory.
The chief minister of Gibraltar has accused Spain of sabre-rattling and 'acting like North Korea' - in the on-going dispute over fishing rights.
Tom Burridge reports.

Know more about Gibraltar

Gibraltar /ɨˈbrɔːltər/ is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It has an area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) and a northern border with the Province of Cádiz in AndalusiaSpain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the only landmark of the region. At its foot is the densely populated city area, home to almost 30,000Gibraltarians and other nationalities.
An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from the Kingdom of Castile in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession on behalf of the Habsburg pretender to the Spanish throne. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain "in perpetuity" under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It was an important base for the Royal Navy; today its economy is based largely on tourism, online gaming, financial services, and shipping.
The sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory.Gibraltarians rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum and again in 2002. Under the Gibraltar constitution of 2006, Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the UK Government. Gibraltar is included in the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories, and as such, it is considered a colony.
Facts file
36°8′N 5°21′W
Largest district
(by population)
Official languagesEnglish
Spoken languages
Ethnic groups
GovernmentBritish overseas territoryb
 - MonarchElizabeth II
 - GovernorSir Adrian Johns
 - Chief MinisterFabian Picardo
 - Responsible Minister (UK)David Lidington MP
LegislatureGibraltar Parliament
Event Date
 - Captured4 August 1704[3] 
 - Ceded11 April 1713[4] 
 - National Day10 September 
 - Total6.8 km2 (241st)
2.6 sq mi 
 - Water (%)0
 - 2011 estimate29,752 (220th)
 - Density4,328/km2 (5th)
11,320/sq mi
GDP (PPP)2011 estimate
 - Total£1 billion
 - Per capita£27,468 (n/a)
HDI (2008)0.961[5]
very high · 20th
CurrencyGibraltar pound (£)d(GIP)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Drives on therighte
Calling code350f
Patron saint
ISO 3166 codeGI
Internet TLD.gig
a.Of mixed GenoeseMaltesePortuguese and Spanish descent.
b.Representative democratic parliamentary dependencyunder constitutional monarchy.
c.As a Special Member State territory of the United Kingdom.
d.Coins and sterling notes are issued by the Government of Gibraltar.
e.Unlike all other UK dependencies bar the British Indian Ocean Territory.
f.9567 from Spain before 10 February 2007.
g.The .eu domain is also used, shared with other European Union members.

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