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Old 31.03.2017, 19:07
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The Gibraltar move is going to cause a lot of tensions, particularly for some of Spain's huge expat contingent. Seeing as a significant number of them voted leave, things just got interesting.
Methinks Spain's bark is worse than their bite.

They know full well how dependent their economy is on British holidaymakers and retirees. Spain is just emerging from one of the worst economic crises since the civil war. The growth is still in its early stages and very fragile and needs to be nurtured, not gambled away. They're not going to scupper all that just to make a point.

But grandstanding about it is a completely different issue. Especially if it deflects from government failings in other areas.

Just think about it. Imagine if Britain hands the keys of Gibraltar over to Spain tomorrow, what does that do to the legitimacy of Spain's claims on Ceuta and Melilla?

On the other hand, maybe all pro-remainers who are afraid of a life outside of the EU could be made citizens of Gibraltar first
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