What are the Odds of Britain Going to War with Spain?

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by Mark Angelides

After several hundred years of complaining about the UK ownership of Gibraltar, Spain is looking set to make a final play for the territory. Gibraltar has long been recognized internationally as belonging to Britain with only Spain criticizing the position; and the Brexit negotiations may be their last real chance of getting it.
One of the most decisive and well-managed military actions of modern history was former Prime Minister Margret Thatcher, responding to the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands. Nowadays, Thatcher is much maligned by the left, but few would criticize her leadership during the time of the crisis. She boldly led the UK in a defensive war that showed Britain as the true naval power it was. And what’s more, she had the whole nation behind her. But times and attitudes have changed, and what would have been regarded as fair military action, is likely to end with the media and the Establishment denigrating the UK for defending sovereign territory.
Both the European Union and Spain seem to be operating in concert over Gibraltar, making it a bargaining chip in the forthcoming negotiations. Many are questioning as to why a territory owned for several hundred years has anything to do with the EU which has no mandate or authority to deal with national borders. The EU council, on Friday, said that a veto may be available to Spain on any Brexit decision that involves Gibraltar.
In 2002, Gibraltar had a sovereignty referendum which asked the residents if they wanted Spain to share in controlling their home. 98% said no. This is a clear answer to the sovereignty question, however during the Brexit referendum, the majority of Gibraltar residents voted to remain in the European Union.
The EU referendum result will likely be the focal point of any moves by Spain to take the territory. But it should be remembered that voting to stay in a customs union is in no way similar to renouncing one’s British citizenship to become Spaniards.
With the European Union looking to punish the UK for daring to vote leave, there can hardly be a more direct threat than plotting to actually take part of your nation. Despite the EU’s tough negotiators plotting each angle, they may have miscalculated this move. The one thing guaranteed to scupper any punishment plans is the rallying of the British people. When Margret Thatcher made the decision to launch warships to take on the Argentinian army, the politicians and the press were initially appalled, but the public were behind her, and where the public go, the elite must follow.
Britain’s elected politicians, unelected politicians (the House of Lords) and the compliant media will swoon and decry a British response of strength, but the people will not. And the people will lead the cowards at the heart of the establishment to where they need to be.

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13 thoughts on “What are the Odds of Britain Going to War with Spain?

  1. Based upon Britain’s response to the People of Crimea, voting to rejoin Russia, I would say the heck with the 2002 sovereignty referendum. Spain should have Gibraltar. Indeed, all EU members should send their navies to the English Channel for permanent maneuvers to respond to British “aggression” in Gibraltar. World-wide sanctions should be applied! I mean, Prime Minister Theresa May is the reincarnation of Hitler, right?

    • and there it is. isn’t the EU’s job to collectively protect it’s members?
      EU should step up and have spain’s back, otherwise spain should exit as well. would that be spexit?
      britain has left the EU so as outsiders they should be considered enemies.

      • The EU is a dying organisation and is full of what we always knew – a bunch of bigots. You only have to listen to the clowns in Brussels to understand what a complete waste of space they are.

      • Lol. .. The only thing those Eurocrats sitting at the privileged end of the table in their palace be happy to protect is their own fat bank accounts!!! The EU & whose army? Many people in the EU states want out of its corrupt regime. Britain only left the EU & Not Europe.

    • I fully supported the democratic wish of the Crimean people to rejoin
      Russia, NWO politicians attitude against Russia is out of order.
      Emphatically Agreed!! Precisely because of the principle of the ballot box, before Spain put’s one finger on Gilbraltar and before one human life is wasted from either side of Spain or UK in a war,then a referendum ought be held to find out what Gibraltarians wish to do.
      A bit melodramatic as well as premature don’t you think, in saying that “Prime Minister Theresa May is the reincarnation of Hitler..” Where’s your evidence?

      • I was kidding. No proof of anything, any more than there’s “proof” of the Russian nonsense and the neo-cons calling Putin a Hitler. I was exhibiting my New England smart-ass attitude. Honestly, I don’t think the Brits should tolerate any EU nonsense about Gibraltar or their leaving the EU. Simply put, folks have the Right of self-determination be they Brits or the French or the Crimeans. Someone from Europe wants to send them a bill, let them arm up and try to collect it.

    • lol.. poms invade Benidorm….. Spain is my favourite EU place, beautiful warm country, girls with big hooters on the beaches…

  2. The EU should worry about the survival of Greece (It’s baaack) and Italy (It’s broke). How many countries will the EU ruin? All of Europe at this rate.

    • Except Switzerland and Norway – the 2 Western European countries that were smart enough to never join.

  3. “It’s all because of Russian interference! Russia is *making* them fight over Gibraltar!”
    — The corporate media
    In reality, nothing is going to happen. Spain knows it can’t defeat the UK and therefore they won’t challenge the present situation beyond screaming about it to Brussels.
    The EU dictators will try to get the UK to give Gibraltar to Spain in exchange for less pressure on the alleged debt and/or a more favorable post-Brexit trade agreement, but given neither the EU nor Spain have any legit claim to Gibraltar, I don’t see the UK negotiators giving it away.
    Chances are the EU will try to get Gibraltar to revolt, but I doubt the people there are stupid enough to go along with anything the EU tries to do. Why would they want to be part of a nation that is failing because of EU-imposed austerity instead of one that is regaining some of its freedom?
    I don’t think they’ll opt for a military “solution” even once they have the EU military in place, they’re too hell-bent on going to war with Russia to waste their powers elsewhere.

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