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Lord Hain would like the tensions to be disfused by a sensible agreement
The former Labour cabinet minister is adamant Britain should grant Spain a “co-sovereignty deal” to defuse rising tensions and stop The Rock from being “under siege”.
Lord Hain said: “The co-sovereignty deal was and still could be a win-win for all parties to the dispute.
The only concession Gibraltarians would have to make is a Spanish flag flying on the Rock alongside a British one
“The only concession Gibraltarians would have to make is a Spanish flag flying on the Rock alongside a British one.
“Their British cherished citizenship, traditions, customs and way of life way of life would be unchanged – except for the better because being under siege from Spain would disappear.”
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EU MEPs overwhelmingly rejected any amendments aimed at protecting Gibraltar's sovereignty in their Brexit negotiations and have maintained their stance on discussions with Britain.
The European Parliament members voted in favour of the draft ‘red lines’ on Brexit discussions and voted down amendments, suggested by Ukip, which could have protected Gibraltar’s sovereignty.
Lord Hain, who wrote in the Guardian, continued: “Pints of beer would still be served in British style pubs. Gibraltarians would keep their institutions – self-government, courts and police service.
“Resurrecting co-sovereignty today would doubtless provoke a similar reaction on the Rock even though it’s in a very much worse place than 15 years ago because of likely exclusion from the European Union very much against its will.
“Yet it would give Gibraltarians much more freedom and security than ever historically.”
Tensions between the two countries spiked on Tuesday after a Spanish naval vessel was chased out of British territorial waters surrounding Gibraltar.
May has tried to calm the situation by saying Brexit should be the best agreement for all sides
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The former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland added: “It’s surely time to dust down the files, and for politicians in Gibraltar, Britain and Spain to show real leadership.”
Meanwhile, Theresa May has laughed off claims the UK would be willing to go to war with Spain following the Gibraltar Brexit row.
Gibraltar has been a contencious issue after Spain were given a veto over any Brexit deal
The suggestion reared its head after the EU’s draft negotiation document gave Spain a veto over any Brexit deal impacting the Rock.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, May said: “We are going to talk to the EU about the best possible deal for the UK and for those countries, Spain included, it’s definitely jaw-jaw.”