Spain has used the possibility of a Brexit to escalate their long-standing anger over the disputed peninsula with a stunning threat to cut the territory adrift. The country’s government views the Rock as a territory under “illegal occupation” and could exploit the EU referendum as a chance to get revenge over Gibraltar. A senior Spanish official has warned that the country could tear up its obligations to Gibraltar and even close the border with the Rock if Britain leaves the European Union.

Madrid could isolate the controversial territory once they no longer have to abide by directives from Brussels in what would mark a dangerous escalation in tensions. Britain’s membership of the EU means Spain has to respect free movement of capital, goods and labour towards the overseas territory. But, now a Spanish source has revealed “if Brexit happened, it would change our obligations to Gibraltar” READ MORE