Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU in the 2016 referendum, but also passionately identifies as part of the UK. Mr Murnaghan asked Gibraltar chief Fabian Picardo: “Is there another option though for Gibraltar? You’re in a strange position: overwhelmingly remain but, of course, overwhelmingly wanting to remain in the UK.
“But there are those who say well, if you want to stay in the EU, presumably if you said we’d like to join Spain as the UK leaves I’m sure that the rest of the EU wouldn’t find that a problem.”
But Mr Picardo was having none of it, firing back: “It’s not something that we’re even prepared to countenance.
“You don’t say to any constituency in the UK that voted remain ‘your way out is to just have a relationship directly with the rest of the EU.’
“Gibraltar is part of the British family of nations. We are British citizens, just like people in Devon or Cornwall or any part of the UK.
“We want to stay part of that British family of nations.
“We are British and that’s not going to change.
“And if you look at our recent referendum results – 99% to stay British.”
Theresa May has arrived in Berlin to ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel to back her case for a delay to Brexit at a crunch EU summit on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister will then fly to Paris, where she faces the tougher task of winning the support of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has warned in recent days that an extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process is not guaranteed.
The visits came as the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said Brussels could amend the Political Declaration on future relations with the UK “within a few hours or days” to incorporate the customs union arrangement being discussed in cross-party talks between the Government and Labour.
But there were signs of resistance in Mrs May’s Cabinet to compromise with Labour, with International Trade Secretary Liam Fox warning that a customs union would leave the UK “stuck in the worst of both worlds”.