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Sir Graham’s anguish at ‘dog’s Brexit’

Gibraltar’s advisor in Brussels, Sir Graham Watson, has described his “anguish” at what is happening with relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, adding this was a view likely shared in Gibraltar.

Sir Graham, a long-time friend of Gibraltar, was opening the second day of the symposium at the Gibraltar Garrison Library with a discussion on Brexit, Brussels and Europe.

The events of June 23, he said, were “probably the most significant foreign policy development in the UK since King George III lost the Americas over a tax on tea or since Henry VIII broke with the church of Rome.”

Academic debate on the wisdom of referenda in parliamentary democracies about the status, franchise and conduct of that particular referendum will be in abundant as will debate over the validity of the result and what it entitles the UK Government to do, he said.

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