GIBRALTAR could be forced to leave the EU against its citizens’ wishes if UK prime minister David Cameron pushes ahead with a referendum on Britain’s membership.
Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham, said the initial draft excludes voters in Gibraltar, even though they are able to participate as part of the South West of England constituency in European elections.
The Tory MP for Stockton South, James Wharton, has now introduced an amendment which will include Gibraltar in any referendum after the omission was spotted when the Bill was in committee.
Horwood, however, warned the people of Gibraltar may choose to remain in the EU and then be forced to leave should the UK vote against it.
He said: “It does raise the question of what happens if Gibraltar votes to remain in the EU and exercises and expression of their destiny… but then the UK votes to leave.
“I’m not sure where that would leave Gibraltar. It is only included within the EU by virtue of the UK’s membership.”