The leaders of Gibraltar and Scotland discussed remaining within the European Union on Tuesday after a British vote to leave the bloc, a statement said.
Gibraltar, a rocky outcrop on Spain’s southern tip that was ceded to Britain 300 years ago, voted overwhelmingly to remain within the EU.
Scotland also returned a majority to stay, but it wasn’t enough to sway the overall British vote to pull out of the 28-member bloc.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed yesterday (26 June) to protect Scotland against the “devastating” fallout of Brexit, as new polls found over half of Scots now want independence, which she may put to a second referendum.
“The government is now exploring all the options in order to determine how to best protect the position of Gibraltar in the future,” a statement from Gibraltar read.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo spoke to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, it added.
The two discussed “giving effect to the possibility of Scotland and Gibraltar remaining in the EU, in line with the views of their respective people”.
Alyn Smith warns that a Brexit could lead Scotland to leave the United Kingdom. According to the MEP, an exit from the EU should only be considered if backed by a majority in all four nations of the UK.
“They agreed that technical experts from the two governments should meet in order to review the situation,” it added.
Sturgeon is due to travel to Brussels on Wednesday (29 June) to seek to defend Scotland’s place in the EU in a series of meetings with leaders.
“Through all of this I am determined, utterly determined, to preserve Scotland’s relationship and place within the EU,” Sturgeon told an emergency session of the Scottish parliament on Tuesday (28 June).
Gibraltarian politicians are campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU in next month’s referendum, but Gibraltar’s First Minister Fabian Picardo said the outcome won’t affect the territory’s relationship to Britain.