School of Law

Dr Tanzil Chowdhury comments on EU-Gibraltar row for The Guardian

1 February 2019

A straightforward change in EU law guaranteeing visa-free travel for Britons in Europe after Brexit has sparked a diplomatic row after Brussels described Gibraltar as “a colony of the British crown” in its no-deal legislation. Dr Tanzil Chowdhury, from Queen Mary’s School of Law, said the EU’s claim that Gibraltar was a colony “has weight, given the UK parliament and crown still retain unlimited powers to legislate for the Rock and that it has been listed by the UN as a non-self-governing territory since 1946. However, as Gibraltar has a high level of self-government and GDP, a flourishing tourism and gaming industry and is conventionally a party to its own trade deals, the picture is more intricate,” he said. “Indeed, whilst others may reasonably label it as a colony, the Gibraltarians have voted to remain under UK sovereignty.” Click here to read the whole article.