Irrespective of this misrepresentation, presently, it is pointless to pursue further advances on Gibraltar’s status as established by the 2006 Constitution. The adoption of the 2006 Constitution has put the issues of Gibraltar’s constitutional status and, also, of Gibraltar’s international status to bed for at least two generations. The UK is unlikely to reopen it earlier, as has been shown, by history, to be the reality.
CIR’s view on Gibraltar’s international status is based on the statement, contained in the Despatch to the 2006 Constitution to the effect that “… independence is only an option with Spain’s consent”. The inclusion of this statement should never have been permitted by Gibraltar. However, one is forced to recognise the reality of and political force of this statement, whilst not accepting its effect.
Presently, it is not a useful or productive political venture to seek any change to Gibraltar’s international status and, consequently, a change in its constitutional relationship with the UK, taking into account:
- That the view of the people of Gibraltar and that of the UK is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future;
- The view of the people of Gibraltar is that they do not want a change to British sovereignty, as expressed in referenda;
- The UK’s statement in the Despatch, which is a clear expression of the UK’s view that achieving independence, which in the end analysis is the only step left for Gibraltar to take, is not envisaged by them at present; and
- That, consequently, pursuing such a policy toward achieving independence, presently, will serve simply to weaken and strain Gibraltar’s relations with the UK, which CIR consider to be counterproductive and contrary to the interests of Gibraltar and the wishes of its people.
CIR considers that it is important to strive for and positively promote good relations with Spain, as a separate neighbouring state and co-member of the European Union. CIR will not tolerate and will resist any hostility displayed by Spain against Gibraltar. CIR will reject and will resist any attempts by Spain to achieve any advance by any means or in any forum of its claim to the sovereignty of Gibraltar.