Gibraltar Fears Impact Of Brexit
by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
04 March, 2016
Gibraltar's Deputy Chief Minister, Joseph Garcia, has said that if the UK were to exit the European Union it would leave Gibraltar "politically exposed and at the mercy of Spain."
Although not a member state, Gibraltar is considered part of the European Union, after it joined the European Economic Community through the United Kingdom. Gibraltar is one of the UK's Overseas Territories.
Amid spats between Spain and Gibraltar over slowed border crossings, Garcia explained the difficulties that could arise at the border if Gibraltar were outside the EU and he stressed the importance of the Single Market for businesses in Gibraltar.
He also noted other positive gains of EU membership for Gibraltar over the years, including EU funding, the EU format identity card which serves as a travel document, and the EU health card, which has allowed Gibraltarians access to healthcare in other parts of Europe.
He said: "We will either continue in the European Union under the terms negotiated by the Prime Minister or we will be negotiating our exit. It is as stark as that," he said. He said the Gibraltar Government hopes to remain part of the EU.
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