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Brexit fear resonates in Campo

Gibraltar’s fears about the negative impact of a Brexit were mirrored in the Campo de Gibraltar yesterday at a seminar analysing the consequences of the forthcoming EU referendum.

The event in San Roque brought together politicians, academics, unions and businessmen to discuss the impact of a UK withdrawal from the EU on the Rock and neighbouring communities.

But while there was no shortage of praise for the benefits of EU membership and concern about the implications of a Brexit, there were few answers as to what might lie ahead.

“In the face of a Brexit, we are looking at terra incognita,” said Jesús Verdú Baeza, a law professor at the University of Cádiz.

“We don’t know what this will mean. We are facing uncertainty.”

The event, organised by the Diputación de Cádiz and the San Roque town council, brought together well-known faces from Campo politics past and present, and mostly from the left of the spectrum.

Ángel Gavino, the representative of the Junta de Andalucia in the Campo, said communities in the Campo were like ‘brothers’ with Gibraltar.

“Brexit would be a wrong step that would affect thousands of people in the Campo who work in Gibraltar,” he said.

“That’s why, as brothers and neighbours, we are worried.”

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