United Kingdom, Oct 16 (Canadian-Media): Boris Johnson, who had replaced Theresa May as British Prime Minister, and pledged to secure the UK’s exit from the EU by 31 October had faced serious challenges from both Brussels and the and the House of Commons since his tenure in 10 Downing Street began, media reports said.
Boris Johnson. Image credit: Twitter handle
Over the course of the negotiations a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland had been the focus of attention by the media, as it could lead to undermining of the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement and could lead to economic disruption and violence.
This led to the overlooking of the fate of Gibraltar, the British outpost that borders the southern Spanish region of Andalucia.
Apart from Ireland, Gibraltar is the only other land border that the UK basically has with the EU and Spain in the past has used the frontier to create of problems for political reasons and if Spain continues to create problems it would be detrimental for Gibraltar. Former Leader of the Gibraltarian opposition Daniel Feetham was however optimistic that Gibraltar has prepared adequately for the UK’s departure from the EU and that it could overcome the difficulties, as it has done in the past.
"Gibraltar is British, it will always remain British...we have got to make sure that we are as aligned with the UK as possible...in particular in the areas of financial services which is important to Gibraltar...but despite speculation, it seems that the locals are willing to ride out the storm and overcome the constant political hostility from neighbouring Spain, as they have done so often in the past."