In the past week there has been much speculation about Gibraltar’s future following the triggering of Article 50.
At the weekend, our Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated our long-standing position that the UK remains steadfastly committed to our support for Gibraltar, its people and its economy.
Gibraltar cannot and should not be used as some sort of pawn or sacrificial lamb in the Brexit negotiations.
I was surprised to see Gibraltar included in the draft response guidelines to triggering Article 50 and in particular that Spain and the UK should have to agree on issues relating to Gibraltar’s future. In including this, the EU must have realised it would provoke a strong reaction here in the UK.
We must be clear the sovereignty of Gibraltar is not up for negotiation and never will be. As long as the people who live there want to be British Citizens, Gibraltar will be backed by the British Government.
What we must also remember is that Spain is our friend and ally and will continue to be so and we will continue to have a good relationship with the Spanish people. It’s also worth noting that like us, Spain has a number of overseas territories itself that are disputed.
There will be many contentious issues to be resolved during the Brexit negotiations and it’s important not to overreact to them.
Yet we must remain resolute that Gibraltar is British and will continue to be all the time it wants this.