Gibraltar after Brexit Apr 1, 2017 22:09:09 GMT via mobile
Post by Ayr Unionist on Apr 1, 2017 22:09:09 GMT
What the EU is saying is that the Spanish will have a say over how Gibraltar is treated in the exit terms, it's a similar deal that the EU, Ireland and the UK have over Northern Ireland - also with a land border. This is not about sovereignty.
Gibraltar is already outside the Customs Union and it would be perfectly possible for a deal with Gibraltar that did not have the same treatment that the UK had and Spain has some legitimate interest in having a deal that allows a freer flow of goods and/or people than the UK would have.
Of course Spain could play silly idiots and waste all their political leverage vainly trying to get the Gribaltarians to love them.
The fact of the matter is that Gibraltar and Northern Ireland are sovereign British Territories. The constitutional settlements for Northern Ireland and Gibraltar is the concern of the British, Gibraltarian and (once formed) Northern Irish governments alone. It has nothing to do with the Irish, Spanish and EU governments who should, frankly, mind their own goddamn business and respect the self-determination of the Gibraltarian and Northern Irish peoples.
Surely the more pressing matter is the fact that the European Council is undermining our very sovereignty as a nation? They have absolutely no right to enforce any settlement in Gibraltar or Northern Ireland whatsoever: attempting to do so constitutes a violation of our very sovereignty as a nation and an act of war.
It is very concerning and imperialistic of them to violate our independence in such a way and is a worrying indication of the dark and authoritarian direction that the EU is heading down. I'm glad we voted our when we did!