Next Brexit kerfuffle: Protecting Gibraltar from Spain

Next Brexit kerfuffle: Protecting Gibraltar from Spain
Spanish Guardia Civil patrol boat buzzes UK waters off Gibraltar, 2013. (Image: Screen grab of GBC video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Everything old is new again.]

British warships must be sent to Gibraltar to “protect it from Spain” during Brexit negotiations, a former Ministry of Defence special adviser has said.

Luke Coffey, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, argued the step was needed as part of measures to fend off Madrid’s bid for joint sovereignty as discussions with the European Union continue.

Known as The Rock, Gibraltar lies at the end of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, but its 30,000 residents have voted several times to remain a British Overseas Territory.

After an overwhelming 96 per cent Remain vote in June’s EU referendum, Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo swiftly called for the UK to share sovereignty, but the move was snubbed by Westminster.

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