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Mr Watson reiterates commitment to Gibraltar's entry into UEFA

Speaking at the conclusion of a three day international liberal conference hosted by the local Liberal Party, Mr Watson reiterated his commitment to Gibraltar and confirmed he would be seeking re-election to his England South-West constituency seat, to which the Rock is attached, next time round.

Mr Watson declared that the highlight of the European Liberal Democrat visit had been the football match with Gibraltar veterans at Victoria Stadium on Thursday.

He said this had been an opportunity to draw attention to “the atrocious behaviour of UEFA” in ignoring legal rulings by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, that were favourable to the Rock’s membership.

“San Marino and the Faroe Islands are members, and there is no good reasons why Gibraltar should not be allowed to take part,” said Mr Watson who recalled his Scottish origin as another example to back his argument.

In answer to questions Mr Watson said his role in Parliament included defending Gibraltar’s interests when these were “under attack by Spain or others.”

“Every visit to Gibraltar makes me even more proud to represent Gibraltar in Europe,” he declared.

He said Partido Popular MEP’s were trying to use the European Parliament “as a platform” in this respect, and pointed to mischievous allegations from that quarter blaming the New Flame for pollution that affected Spanish beaches when “this had originated from the Sierra Nava.”
Asked to comment on recent remarks by the GFA that it was considering the appointment of a Spaniard to the post of Gibraltar Football Development Officer, Mr Watson expressed surprise, but agreed that in a market economy environment such as ours, “Gibraltar had to appoint the best man for the job.”

“This shows the kind of tolerance that Gibraltarian society has developed over the years. One of the great things is the level of community cohesion which exists here.”

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