The Daily Star | 27 June 2016
A BREXIT will make Gibraltar harder to protect from the Spanish, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has admitted.
The Spanish government said it will take advantage of a Brexit to take joint control of the peninsula – leading to full take over in future.
The shock admission came as nuclear class submarine HMS Ambush arrived at The Rock’s naval port.
But Mr Hammond said: “We will be less able to protect Gibraltar’s interests.
“Not defend Gibraltar’s territory – of course we can do that – but to protect Gibraltar’s interests if we are not inside the European Union.”
Gibraltar depends on thousands of Spanish workers crossing that border every day.
The Spanish government could disrupt the flow – as it did in 2013 – which would hit the territory’s economy.
But 96% of people who voted in Gibraltar backed remain – as the peninsula is so dependent on trade with the EU.
Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said he couldn’t wait to see a “Spanish flag on the Rock” after the vote.
He said “co-sovereignty” of the British territory was now much closer and it would lead to Spanish control of the British peninsula.