Brexit, the political equivalent of the Neolithic practice of trephining, has lead to the possible veto of the Spanish Government on a deal including Gibraltar, a Conservative Government that still has not unequivocally pledged to include Gibraltar in a Brexit deal and a former Tory leader comparing Gibraltar to the Falkland Islands in the eighties. On our part, however, it appears that debates around high constitutional matters might be resuscitated. In the run-up to the European Union referendum last year, the Chief Minister suggested that an exit from the EU would present an ‘existential threat’. Now having experienced the anxiety and dread, it is at least productive to re-visit a frank discussion on the question of nationhood.
Today was a day that Gibraltar had been anticipating since the EU referendum result was announced. Not only does the ninety-six percent vote to remain in the European bloc seem to have been rendered null and void in the negotiations, but now it has been officially declared that the Rock is effectively a pawn bound by the whims of Spain and the UK government.