Fintan O’Toole: Gibraltar's experience exposes British Brexit lies

The Spain-Gibraltar border shows what a customs-union divide looks like

Eyes on Gibraltar: the enclave’s 34,000 residents voted 96 per cent to remain in the EU. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty

Eyes on Gibraltar: the enclave’s 34,000 residents voted 96 per cent to remain in the EU. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty

Some of the titles still on the shelves of the old Garrison Library in Gibraltar: Charles Mayer’s Jungle Beasts I Have Captured; GP Sanderson’s Thirteen Years Among the Wild Beasts of India; the Maharajah of Cooch Behar’s Shooting in Cooch Behar: A Record of Thirty-Seven Years of Sport and my favourite, Major AE Wardrop’s Modern Pig-Sticking.

The library was founded in 1793 and remained as a refined retreat for the officers of the British military garrison until 2011. Inside the elegant Georgian building, there is a stellar gathering of historians at a conference called Bordering on Brexit, itself part of a wider project called “Embers of Empire”.

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