[Gibraltar cartoon by Brian Adcock, via Twitter.]

What utter, mindless stupidity. Lord Howard – another former Tory leader who we should all thank our stars never made it to Number 10 – seems to think it will bring the UK together behind his party, as with Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands.

Here he is in the Torygraph, banging his drum:

Lord Howard, the former Tory leader, has said that Theresa May would go to war to defend Gibraltar’s sovereignty. He said that Theresa May would show the “same resolve” over Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher did over the Falklands.

He told Sophy Ridge on Sky News: “There is no question whatever that our Government will stand by 

“Thirty five years ago this week ­another woman prime minister sent a task force half way across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country. I am absolutely certain our current Prime Minister will show the same resolve.”

Theresa May, the UK’s current unelected Prime Minister, failed to mention Gibraltar in her Article 50 letter to European Council President Donald Tusk.

This prompted the EU to insert a clause into the response outlining that Spain – which has a long-standing territorial claim on Gibraltar – would be given a veto over the Rock’s participation in a future deal.

The BBC appears to be trying to present a balanced view of an unbalanced situation, saying the Tory-run UK government would “stand up” for Gibraltar after Spain was accused of using Brexit to further its own territorial interests.

Apparently, “After reported lobbying from Spain, the EU’s Brexit negotiation strategy is that decisions affecting Gibraltar will be run past the Spanish government”.

With war as the fall-back option?

In fact an armed response may not be legally possible, in any case:

Twitter has responded to this latest Brexit nonsense in its usual style:

And then there’s this, from the British comic 2000 AD:

Is it worth reminding everybody that Gibraltar voted to stay in the European Union?

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