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1970s UK assessment of Rock’s military role still rings true five decades on

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UK military planners in the 1970s were clear that neither Gibraltar’s constitutional development nor Spain’s sovereignty aspirations over the Rock should interfere with its “full and unhindered use” as a military base for the UK and its NATO allies. The assessment was clearly set out in a document prepared in June 5, 1972, at the...

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