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Brexit would 'impair' ability to defend Gibraltar: UK minister

A picture taken on March 17, 2016 shows the Rock of Gibraltar with Spain in backgroundBritain leaving the EU would “seriously impair” London’s ability to stand up for Gibraltar, Britain’s foreign minister said Wednesday on his first official visit to the contested UK territory on Spain’s southern tip. “Britain’s commitment to Gibraltar is absolute, it’s unshakable and it will endure whatever the decision in the referendum,” Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said referring to the June 23 vote on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Britain’s ability to protect Gibraltar’s interest will be seriously impaired if we are no longer members of the European Union, if we are no longer sitting around the table in Brussels when the decisions are made,” he said.

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