A new special club is forming, as a tiny part of the U.K on the very end of the Iberian Peninsula has engaged in talks with the government of Scotland in the hope that a post-Brexit U.K. can be "re-defined."
Considered a distant rock on the southern tip of Spain, Gibraltar is a sometimes overlooked outpost for many Brits. But, the impact of last month's vote to leave the European Union has been problematic for the territory – mainly due to its neighbors.
Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly in favor of the U.K. remaining a part of the EU, with 96 percent of citizens backing the status quo. This rendered the territory the U.K.'s most pro-EU district.
Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has made his views on Brexit explicit, writing in Politico before the vote that, "Modern Gibraltar is locked in a Europe of free services and free movement of persons." He added, "Losing the ability to freely provide services to the single market of 520 million people would be an existential threat in economic terms."
Spain has long held claim to Gibraltar, though the British took over the area in 1704. Picardo has insisted that the territory – regardless of whether the U.K. remains part of the EU – would not submit to Spanish territorial claims as a result of the vote.