We Pledge Allegiance

Let's play a game of word association, suggests Jim Lagares Ballantine, whose ancestors first settled in Gibraltar in 1792. "It might go like so: black-white, good-bad, British-Spanish," he says. "I feel cold, warm, sick, hungry — but British is what I am." And if most of the 28,000 residents of the Rock have their way, British is what they'll remain.

Officials from Britain and Spain meet this month for further talks on the territory's future. The two countries are closer to agreement than at any point since 1713, when the King of Spain, under the Treaty of Utrecht, ceded sovereignty...

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