The future of Gibraltar is under question following a decision by the European Union to offer Spain a veto on trade talks involving the disputed British territory. The British Government either has the choice of offering Gibraltar worse terms than the UK, or a trading deal could fail.
Gibraltar, which voted 96% to remain in the EU, has been a British territory since 1713. Spain has disputed British occupation in the territory, despite two referendums being held which showed a large majority of people wanted to remain in the UK.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said:
“As ever, the UK remains implacable and rock-like in our support for Gibraltar”.
Clare Moody, the Labour MEP for South West England which covers the territory, criticised the Prime Minister for not mentioning the territory in her letter to Donald Tusk. Moody said:
“It is appalling, and an example of the carelessness with which the government are handling these negotiations overall”.