On January 31st, ESBA honorary treasurer John Walker attended a round table discussion on Gibraltar organised d by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
The debate focused on the potential disruptive effect Brexit will have on the contentious 1 Km land border between the British overseas territory and Spain.
Over 30.000 frontier workers – more than half of them Spanish; the others come from different Member States of the EU – cross the border every day and their livelihoods may be put at risk by Brexit, according to Officials on the British overseas territory. After the UK leaves the EU, in fact, Gibraltar will lose the protection of EU law and the ECJ to ensure Spain does not unlawfully impose additional checks at the border.
Gibraltar’s Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia stressed that residents of Gibraltar are convinced Europeans who overwhelmingly voted in favour of Remaining in the EU in the Brexit referendum. However, they will not be bullied by the veto authority the EU has effectively given Madrid over any provisions pertaining to 'the rock' in a Brexit agreement.