Withdrawal from the European Union will not affect the protection the UK provides for its overseas territories, the chair of Vote Leave, Gisela Stuart, has told MPs in the House of Commons.
“Our overseas territories deserve our protection and they will continue to get it,” Ms Stuart said, according to the transcript of the final evidence session of the Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the implications of a Brexit decision.
The Labour MP was answering questions during an oral evidence session in the Lower House on the subject of the cost and benefits of EU membership for the UK’s role in the world.
Asked if she was concerned about the impact of a British withdrawal on Britain’s overseas territories, she said: “The United Kingdom successfully defended the Falklands on its own. It has defended Gibraltar on its own. I don’t think that whether or not we are in the EU will affect that.”
However, a very different tune could be heard from the Gibraltar Government.
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