Last week, Britain summoned the Spanish Ambassador to the UK, Federico Trillo, to the Foreign Office after a Spanish vessel incurred Gibraltarian
About 6,000 Gibraltarians
live on the Spanish side where housing in cheaper, according to Madrid.
Madrid has also threatened other measures, including a 50-euro (65-dollar) border fee to access Gibraltar and stiffer tax controls on more than 6,000 Gibraltarians
living in Spain.
Spain says it is considering measures such as a 50-euro ($67) border fee for people entering Gibraltar from Spain, tax investigations of Gibraltarians
with property in Spain and restrictions on use of its airspace for flights going to Gibraltar's airport.
The minister said Spain was considering a EURU50 border-crossing fee and tax investigations of thousands of Gibraltarians
who own property in Spain.
Such a fee could impose punitive costs on Gibraltarians
who regularly commute into Spain to work.
Oddly, many Gibraltarians
are not actually British at all by heritage - our tour guide, who drove us up the rock and down again, is called Peter Lombard.
It was not until the 1960s Spain wanted it back, arguing that the Gibraltarians
were not citizens but settlers and should have no say.
IT was with some amusement that I read UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, state that the sovereignty of Gibraltar - under British control since 1704 - was "in the hands of Gibraltarians
A TOURIST moaned to me the other day about the devolution of power to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as we try to catch up with the far more powerful rights of self-determination that the Manx, the Gibraltarians
and the Channel Islanders enjoy.
He also discusses contemporary issues faced by native Gibraltarians
as they seek to assert themselves as a community.
Rather than appreciate the service Gibraltarians
have given over the last 300 years, they seem determined to sell them down the river.
Since then, Gibraltarians
have enjoyed a high level of self-government, especially under their own constitution, which was ratified in 1969.
English-speaking and governed by quintessentially British institutions, the Gibraltarians
now thrive as a civilian economy centered around shipping and financial services.
Thousands of Gibraltarians
watched the results on giant screens in the streets of the 2.