Does anyone really care what happens to Gibraltar?

I’m sure most expats would be more worried that they couldn’t get their packets of mince pies at Christmas, than actually losing the power over Gibraltar. As usual, I’ve been following the news about Brexit, but something that stood out this week was the agreements taking place between the UK and Spain, about what’s going to happen with Gibraltar after Brexit.

Waiting for the tsunami to pass. Photo by Salim

There was a decent article on The Local, titled Spain says no Gibraltar ‘red lines’ in Brexit which is worth a read. It basically says, I think, that once Brexit goes through, all expats will be allowed at least one free shop in Morrison’s, have the opportunity to go up the Rock and have a drive on the cable cart, and also something about the fact that ‘no agreement’ after Brexit between the EU and Britain could apply to Gibraltar until Rajoy has shaved his beard.

I went to Gibraltar a few years back. I’m sure it is a lovely place, but I was unable to appreciate it properly because it lashed down for the whole weekend – and the only weekend we decided to travel that term. I also ate some dodgy chicken in an even dodgier chicken place (I didn’t actually know it was dodgy, it’s not like it said on a poster over the chickens twirling round ‘Fancy some dodgy chicken?), so I was forced to spend an entire night on the loo.

It was actually quite exciting, but only because while I was sitting on the toilet I could look out the bathroom window (or maybe it was as I stood up) and see the waves crashing into the rocks in front of the hotel.

I remember wondering whether Gibraltar could be wiped out in a tsunami, but I still hadn’t seen the Rock properly thanks to the thick clouds, and there’s just no way it could be, unless it was like that one in the film 2012.

To be fair, it wasn’t all toilet sitting. We did go to Morrison’s and get a few scotch eggs, some shreddies for a mate of mine, and managed to avoid getting robbed by the monkeys as we strolled round the Rock, but only because they were all hiding from the rain.

A lot of students I’ve spoken to over the years, the adults ones anyway, have said they don’t care all that much about Gibraltar, and neither do most Brits I know. The ones who could suffer though are the Gibraltarians. I guess they just want to continue as they are as being part of the UK with the same rights that they have with Spain. It would be a shame if they had complications to work and continue with their daily lives. Thousands cross la Linea every day to work in Spain.

One positive thing in the article, which would be great news for all those Brits in Spain, was that it seemed like the agreements between the UK and Spain were likely to remain the same. Apart from a slight change to the Champion’s League rules which would state that no British club could meet a Spanish side until at least the semi-finals (if we make it).

Are you from Gibraltar? What do you think of the Brexit nonsense? Would you be happy with thousands of expats having a free shop at Morrison’s every year?

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