“I cannot predict what will happen, but for us a fundamental point is to preserve a fluid frontier (border with Spain) and I am therefore hopeful we will not concede anything on sovereignty, jurisdiction or control.
“I think this is achievable, even if it won’t be easy, Gibraltar has survived World Wars, closed frontiers and political siege from Spain, we will be able to survive Brexit.”
One of the major threats, in Mr Buttigieg’s view, is the “malicious” nature of Spain’s dealings with Gibraltar amid growing concern over how Madrid might seek to exploit Brexit.
For centuries, Madrid has contested Gibraltar’s status, from a naval standoff in 1726 to ongoing tensions today.
The region relies on access to the single market, its goods and its services via the border with Spain.
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