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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.


Gibraltar raised again in Commons questions (GBC News)
Gibraltar has been raised in Commons again with questions by Andrew Rosindell MP to Europe Minister, David Lidington. Andrew Rosindell asked what recent steps the UK had taken to demonstrate to the Spanish Government that it does not intend to negotiate on Gibraltar.

EU vote first step to Rock exclusion from aviation measure (Gibralter Chronicle)
MEPs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday voted to exclude Gibraltar from draft EU aviation legislation designed to harmonise air traffic control. The MEPs backed a Spanish amendment that removed post-Cordoba language that would have ensured the ‘Single European Sky’ legislation was extended to the Rock.


UK reiterates support for Gibraltar's people right to determine their own future (Merco Press)
A senior Foreign Office minister summed up Britain’s position on Gibraltar firmly and concisely this week in Parliament. “At the heart of this issue is the right of the people of Gibraltar to determine their own future,” said Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Government explains Gibraltarian status (GBC News)
The Government has explained that to be on the register of Gibraltarians you must be British, and have been born in Gibraltar before the 1925 or be the descendent, or spouse of a descendent, born before then. In exceptional circumstances a British citizen who has lived in Gibraltar for 25 years may be registered.


GFA welcomes stadium debate (Gibraltar Chronicle)
The Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) welcomed the “considerable public discussion” that has ensued following an invitation to the public for comments on their application for an UEFA stadium at Europa Point. In a statement, the association said: “The GFA embraces the fact that the public has engaged in this way.”

GSD push for housing means testing as opposed to universal entitlement (Panorama)
The GSD have advocated means testing for housing as one of its new policies in the lead-up to the next election. The GSD would do away with the universal entitlement housing policy that has been implemented by the Government and put in a system which would assess the amount of money earned and the possibility of getting a mortgage.

Gibraltar’s Net Gambling Niche Under Threat (IDG Connect)
In its Budget statement today, the British Government looks set to confirm new licensing requirements and a place of consumption (POC) tax for remote gambling companies doing business with UK customers. From mid-2014, companies will need to acquire a licence before advertising to, and taking bets from, UK-based customers.


UK: Gibraltar can determine its own future (Euro Weekly News)
The head of NatWest in Gibraltar said the bank remained committed to the Rock despite news that its parent, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, is to slash its overseas operations following staggering losses.




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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

As we head towards the end of the financial year we find that Europe is still on everybody’s mind. The Gibraltar Chronicle reports on how essential it is to include Gibraltar in any post-Brexit negotiations, no doubt partly motivated by the potential confusion on which the New Statesman Gibraltar hub this week. We’ll have another perspective this coming week – click here on Tuesday to read it.

More positive news came as the Rock moved towards heritage status; we take all credit following our piece on the Neanderthal Caves a few weeks back. There have also been celebrations around international macaque day.

And life goes on elsewhere – the doctor who resigned after an altercation with then Chelsea head honcho Jose Mourinho is a high profile Gibraltarian who might be in court defending her quarter shortly; and fishermen are alarmed at the government’s apparent decision to extend Spanish fishing rights around the Rock.

But Europe remains the biggest thing – and is likely to do so for just under 100 days at least.

Guy Clapperton is the freelance journalist who edits the New Statesman’s Gibraltar hub. You can also find him in the Guardian, Computer Business Review and Professional Outsourcing which he edits.