Commenting on the furore over Spain being potentially offered a veto on a future UK trade deal with the EU if it does not get a say over the future of Gibraltar [1], Molly, who is Green MEP for the territory, said:

“With the starting gun on Brexit still ringing in our ears, the complexities of what the government has embarked upon has already become clear. The people of Gibraltar voted 96% to Remain on an 85% turnout yet are being dragged, against their will, into the Tories Brexit shambles. They now face the prospect of becoming pawns in a government showdown between Tories pushing for a new trade deal outside the single market and those who believe that the sovereignty of the UK overseas territory is non-negotiable. This shows the irresponsibility of pushing for a hard Brexit for which the government have no mandate.

“Greens will continue to oppose the extreme form of Brexit that this government has embarked upon and stand up for the citizens of Gibraltar.”

[1] The European Council draft guidelines following the United Kingdom’s notification under Article 50 states: [22.] After the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom.

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