Gibraltar’s interests would be “best protected” by voting to Leave the European Union, the Vote Leave campaign said just weeks before the EU referendum last year.
On 3rd June 2016, the campaign group led by Michael Gove, and including five members of the current cabinet, tweeted: “The interests of the people of Gibraltar are best protected by a strong and independent UK #VoteLeave #InOrOut”.
It comes as the EU made clear in its response to the triggering of Article 50 that any deal between the UK and EU on the Rock would need the consent of the Spanish Government, and former Conservative leader Michael Howard raised the prospect that Britain could go to war with Spain over Gibraltar.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, Chair of Vote Leave Watch, said:
"10 months on from the referendum, it's becoming hard to find a single promise Vote Leave actually kept. Every day that goes by shows how much they misled the British people – like promising £350 million a week for our NHS.
"Gibraltar's success and prosperity depends on free trade and free movement of workers, which are two things that Brexit is putting at risk as the Government is intent on wrenching us out of the Single Market.
"No amount of absurd, counter-productive sabre-rattling from Leavers like Michael Howard will make up for the damage they are doing to Gibraltar."
Notes to editors:
The original Vote Leave tweet from 03 June 2016 is here: https://twitter.com/vote_leave/status/738819773753131008