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>> The first big battle of Brexit over, all of things, Gibraltar.>> Well Gibraltar's going to be protected all the way, all the way.>> That after the EU's negotiating guidelines for Brexit, issued Friday, gave Spain a veto over Gibraltar's future relations with the EU. The British outpost in southern Spain has long been claimed by Madrid, after three centuries of rule from London.
Its people voted 99% to 1 to stay part of the UK in a 2002 referendum. Now they're worried that Spain might try to seize the territory as part of any Brexit deal. But Reuters UK Bureau Chief Guy Faulconbridge says little has really changed.>> What they've done is they've said that Spain would have to be involved in any agreement as it affects Gibraltar between the EU and the United Kingdom.
That's not actually a change because every other country in the EU would have to give their agreement to that agreement anyway. What's different about it is they came and they said, we're gonna talk about Gibraltar and they put it in the document. And that's what's got everybody upset.
And it took the British government rather by surprise.>> Senior conservative peer Lord Howard comparing that the the Falklands conflict of 1982. Back then Britain mounted an invasion to expel Argentinian forces who had seized the island. Howard says current leader, Theresa May, would be equally tough with Spain.
That's ludicrous saber rattling critics say. Few expect it to go that far.>> Despite some talk of war over the weekend by a former Conservative leader, I don't think anybody thinks that this is really gonna end in a military confrontation between two EU members. Britain's still an EU member.
Today Downing Street has sort of played down any idea that there'll be any gun ships going towards Gibraltar. Of course, there is a military base there, but I don't think anybody wants to have a war over it.>> Just days into the Brexit process though, the language is already getting very heated.