OPINION: Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford

PUBLISHED: 10:52 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 19 April 2017


We must not give in to threats from EU

For those who watched BBC Sunday Politics on April 2, I hope you also felt the immense pride I experienced as Romford served as the backdrop for Brexit Britain.

Seventy per cent of the people Havering voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016.

As a borough, we voted over-whelmingly to bring back Parliamentary sovereignty, control our borders and take back the power to pass our own laws. Yet, almost one year after that vote, the Brussels EU Commission are attempting to undermine the democratically expressed will of the British people.

The ex-prime minister of Poland, and now the EU Council president, Donald Tusk shows the EU’s undemocratic motives in trying to question the sover-eignty of one of Britain’s 16 Overseas Territories, Gibraltar, by allowing Spain a veto. I was neither shocked nor surprised by Spain’s unusual obsession with the Rock.

Whether it is a Spanish politician banging the populist drum to increase his ailing popularity, or the amorphous EU official

who said Gibraltar was “disputed territory” (despite being legally British for over 300 years), it is clear the goodwill shown by the UK and Gibraltar is not replicated by a few of our somewhat bitter neighbours.

Gibraltar shares the same institutions as us, such as the monarchy and our democratic traditions, whilst maintaining and upholding British values.

The people of Gibraltar want to remain British. They have twice voted to remain British to the tune of 99pc. How can you argue with that?

The issues surrounding the governance of Gibraltar do not stem from London or Gibraltar; they stem from Madrid. Spain has no right to unilaterally decide whether a future UK-EU deal extends to Gibraltar and Theresa May must make it clear to both Brussels and Madrid that any deal will include all British people.

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