IDS is willing for the UK to walk away without a Brexit deal if Gibraltar is threatened
The former Tory leader accused Spain of trying to “make a land grab for Gibraltar” and the rising tensions will only add to the complex Brexit negotiations.
The leading Brexit supporter said: “The British are entwined with them by countless of these vital historical threads.
Any deal must protect them or there should be no deal
Iain Duncan Smith
“Any deal must protect them or there should be no deal.
“We will not allow the Spanish to push their weight around when it comes to the self-determination of the free Gibraltar people.”
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Nigel Farage gestures during speeches at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France
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.
The red line demand came as the Rock’s Chief Minister yesterday revealed David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, had given him fresh assurances.
Davis rang Fabian Picardo, the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, to promise that the UK will not do any deal on a future relationship with the EU that excludes Gibraltar.
Davis is reported to have reassured the Chief minister of Gibraltar that they will be protected
IDS, speaking in Washington DC after addressing the Heritage Foundation, added: “Promoting and defending the values that can bring peace and prosperity all around the globe.
“I am optimistic for Britain’s new life outside the EU, and I am optimistic about what we can achieve together.”
Spain have reignited old tension regarding Gibraltar
IDS insisted the Conservative Party is now “more united” on the issue of Europe than he had seen in his political lifetime.
The comments are in contrast to the demands of Lord Hain, the former Labour cabinet minister, who believes Gibraltar should have a “Spanish flag flying alongside a British one” as it would defuse tensions to grant a “co-Sovereignty” agreement.