Dear Sir,

WHY has there been no mention of Ceuta and Melilla, the two Spanish enclaves in Morocco, during the recent row over Gibraltar? Why are the Spanish expecting us to abandon Gibraltar, although they are unwilling to discuss the future of their territories on the Moroccan coast?

I presume that most of the inhabitants of Ceuta and Melilla, like the inhabitants of Gibraltar, would prefer to maintain the status quo, and if that is the case, then as good democrats, we should respect their wishes. My Spanish wife has just asked me how I would feel if Cornwall was under French rule. My reply was that if the majority of the inhabitants were happy with their status and wanted to remain French, rather than British, that would be fine by me.

Let's be democratic about this. When the majority of the inhabitants of the Falklands want to become Argentinian, or the majority of the inhabitants of Ulster want to become Irish, or the majority of the inhabitants of Gibraltar want to become Spanish, then I'm sure our rulers will be glad to agree. In the meantime, the Spanish government should give up their ranting and raving, which reminds me of the fuss made by Franco and his ministers in the 50s and 60s, and accept that the government of the people of Gibraltar should be in accordance with democratic principles “by the people, for the people.”

George Tunnell
Cas Catala

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