Found on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar is currently classified as a British Overseas Territory, which means it does not have a seat in Westminster.
If this arrangement were to be changed, however, the British public does not appear likely to oppose such a change. In the latest poll by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, a plurality (39%) of Britons said they would support Gibraltar becoming an official part of the UK with its own Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. Just 11% of respondents said they were opposed, while a considerable 34% said they neither supported nor opposed Gibraltar getting its own MP in Parliament.
Almost half (48%) of respondents aged 65 and over said they would support Gibraltar becoming an official part of the UK with its own MP, making it the age group with the greatest level of support. Meanwhile, a plurality of 18-to-24-year-olds (33%), 35-to-44-year-olds (39%), and 45-to-54-year-olds (40%) said they would neither support nor oppose the proposal, indicating that strong opinions on Gibraltar’s status are relatively lacking in these groups.
Further, 47% of 2019 Conservative voters said they would support Gibraltar becoming an official part of the UK, compared to 34% of 2019 Labour voters. Instead, a plurality of Labour voters (40%) said they neither supported nor opposed Gibraltar becoming an official part of the UK.
The current UK Government has not made any moves towards incorporating Gibraltar as an official part of the UK, though it appears such a measure would garner little opposition.
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