On 1 February 2019 the EU published a document which classified Gibralta as a “Crown Colony”. This has caused London to break out in a rash of irritation.

It was the EU Council of Ministers of Foreign Relations that approved this formula. Possible consequences? The EU, a supranational entity, may now decide to support Spain’s claims to title over Gibralta.

Fact: the European Union is now “discovering” the reality of the legal status of Gibralta state is perhaps the prelude of what might soon happen with Northern Ireland. ‎

For the moment, discussions on Brexit are focused on defining the type of border that must be established between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain. But when the divorce is decreed final, the EU could switch to backing the decolonization of Northern Ireland and its reincorporation into the Republic of Ireland.

Anoosha Boralessa