Brexit: Lord Howard accused of “sabre-rattling” over Gibraltar

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A senior Tory has been criticised for saying the prime minister would defend Gibraltar in the same way as Margaret Thatcher defended the Falklands. … In its draft negotiating guidelines, published last week, the EU said decisions affecting Gibraltar — a British territory — would be run past the Spanish government. Speaking on BBC One’s Sunday Politics, Lord Howard said that 35 years ago, ‘another woman prime minister sent a taskforce halfway across the world to protect another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country. And I’m absolutely clear that our current woman prime minister will show the same resolve in relation to Gibraltar as he predecessor did.’ … Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the UK would protect Gibraltar ‘all the way’ because its residents had ‘made it very clear they do not want to live under Spanish rule.'” (04/02/17)