Potemkin wrote:Indeed they do. So why have you played into their hands by choosing to have Brexit without previously sitting down and thinking it through? You really didn't know what it was you were asking for, did you...?
You are being wilfully stupid, try harder next time.
The Spanish will make a nuisance of themselves regardless of whether we are in the EU or out of it, so that is not even a consideration worth a moment's deliberation. At least out of the EU they can not be so sure that we will not settle up with them in a way they would regret...
There is no reason at all for British people to enslave our selves to the EU just for the vain hope the Spanish will be slightly less petulant and irritating.
Gibraltar is not even a complicated prospect for Brexit because it is a self-governing territory, they set their own taxes and economic regulations, such matters are not even up to the UK government. If they want to harmonise their customs regs with the EU in the hope of a fewer complications with Spanish crybabies they are free to do so. The only thing regarding Gibraltar that is the responsibility of Westminster is Defence and Foreign Policy and that will not change and does not need to.
Northern Ireland is more complicated but Gibraltar might be a model for solving it. Let the UK devolve more authority for economic regulations and taxes to the Northern Ireland local governors and they can choose for themselves if they want to harmonise with the UK or EU as they like. Let Northern Ireland be an Overseas Territory like Gibraltar, then apart from Defence and Foreign Policy Westminster is freed of any responsibility for whatever goes on there in terms of customs, border control and whatnot.
The solution to 1984 is 1973!