Reach Alcance Edition 15 | ‘Brexit: What to Expect’
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Editorial: Boris Johnson, one of Brexit’s arch proponents, speaks to Reach-Alcance in an exclusive interview regarding Gibraltar, which voted largely in favour of Remain, and how he will carry out his role as Prime Minister if elected next week in the lead up to British withdrawal at the end of October.
His message is clear; first that any Conservative government that he leads will adhere to British commitments to Gibraltar and its sovereignty and secondly that Gibraltar and the surrounding areas must be the beneficiaries of good relations which will allow for mutual development and prosperity whether we face a hard or soft Brexit.
The chances of an abrupt and disorderly break are bound to gain ground with Johnson in power but it seems implausible that such a major event can take place without Parliamentary support following a General Election at which Johnson will seek popular support for EU withdrawal.
More so now that the hesitant Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party will be demanding a new referendum.
And thus the scene is set for turning a General Election not just into a second referendum but also a challenge to the essentially bi-party system of the UK in which Johnson’s conservatives will try to dovetail with Nigel Farage’s populist movement and Corbyn’s labour party will court the very pro-EU liberals of Vince Cable – Cable and Farage were the main victors of the recent EU elections.
No one can predict what awaits us with any degree of certainty. All the pieces are laid out on the board and there are all manner of opinions as to what is going to happen in the UK in these confusing times.
An overwhelming majority of Gibraltarians hope that in the end, Remain will carry the day or at least that any exit will be amicable and happy for the opposite would benefit nobody.
What is clear is that it is as hard and complicated to leave the European “club” as it is to join it, despite the will of a majority of the British people expressed in this case that they will be happier out than in.