The EU has put the future of Gibraltar at stake by backing Spain in its dispute with the UK over the British overseas territory. For people living in Gibraltar the outcome of the negotiations may have significant, and life-changing, consequences.
A clause has been inserted in the EU’s draft Brexit negotiating guidelines that appears to allow Spain to exclude Gibraltar from any transitional single market access arrangement or future trade deal with the UK if it is not satisfied with the status of the territory.
The clause says that once the UK leaves the bloc, “no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom”.
This suggests that unless Britain is willing to let its citizens in Gibraltar live with an inferior economic future than those in the UK, the EU has effectively handed the Spanish government a veto on Britain’s entire future relationship with the bloc.
If you live in Gibraltar, we’d like you to share your hopes and fears with us. You can fill in the form – anonymously, if you prefer – and we’ll use a selection in our reporting.