General Election 2019: ‘Rather ten Farages than one Corbyn!’ – Gibraltar has its say

Posted on Nov 19 2019 - 4:15pm by admin

With the nationwide poll barely a month away, Express.co.uk headed to canvass the views of the British overseas territory – and it’s fair to say they did not hold back, especially on the subject of the Labour leader. John Charles Guy, 56, a taxi driver, said: “There isn’t a clear consensus as to the way each on of the parties is going to go with Brexit. “I suppose the only clear one is the Liberal Democrats who said that they would scrap Brexit altogether.

I would rather ten Farages – and this is saying something – than one Corbyn as Prime Minister

John Charles Guy

“Whether you want a Liberal Democrat Government in power that’s another thing.

“Then you have the Labour Party and I think that Jeremy Corbyn is totally unelectable and anybody that does vote that man in is totally irresponsible to his country.”

Mr Guy was no fan of Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage – but said: “I would rather ten Farages – and this is saying something – than one Corbyn as Prime Minister.”

Jeremy Corbyn John Charles Guy

John Charles Guy is no fan of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Image: Daily Express)

Diane Smalls

Diane Smalls was not sure if even Labour knew what its Brexit policy was (Image: Daily Express)

He added: “And then we have Boris Johnson.

“The Conservatives have always been very strong, the right party at the right time, but the uncertainty as regards what actions or what Brexit we’re going to have with the Conservatives is something which is very concerning for Gibraltar.”

Giles Cornelio, 51, who was with his 10-year-old daughter added: “I think it’s a bit of a mess really.

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Jonathan Manasco

Jonathan Manasco did not trust Mr Corbyn (Image: Daily Express)

“I think everybody should get together and try and form a way forward.

“I don’t agree with Brexit anyway but if it needs to be, in Gibraltar we voted by over 96 percent to stay in Europe so I think they should respect us and that’s the way forward with it.”

Asked about Mr Johnson, Claire Montado, 42, who works for Gibraltar Heritage, out shopping with her children Lauren, 8, and Lewis, 3, said: “It’s a difficult one to answer.

Giles Cornelio

Giles Cornelio would rather Brexit did not happen (Image: Daily Express)

Olga Zammitt

Olga Zammitt said nobody had majority support (Image: Daily Express)

“I think he’s doing the best job he can, like Theresa May before him.

“I think public perceptions mean that sometimes you don’t really see what’s going on behind the scenes and the real life choices that they have to make and they get to see the full picture, which we don’t always do.

“So I think to a certain extent we’ve got to trust him.”

Jonathan Manesco, 48, a doctor, said: “I lived in London when Boris was mayor of London and I had mixed feelings about it but I think that just now he’s probably the best one for the job.

Gibraltar factfile

A Gibraltar factfile (Image: Daily Express)

“Jeremy Corbyn – I’m worried about him. He doesn’t really come across as being very trustworthy, he’s got some funny views about the Jewish community which he got into trouble over.

“With Farage I don’t agree with his views, I think he is very extreme right. There is a worrying movement across the whole of Europe towards the extreme right.

“We’ve just seen what is happening in Spain recently.

“I’m concerned about Britain’s future in this because if Britain leaves the EU, which I think that Britain eventually decides in the future that they want to return, in the same way when Spain came into the EU they said well you can’t come in unless you open the border with Gibraltar, I think Britain may well be told well look you can’t come in unless you negotiate sovereignty on Gibraltar.”

A marching band walks through the centre of Gibraltar

A marching band walks through the centre of Gibraltar (Image: Daily Express)

Diane Smalls, 52, a business owner who moved to Gibraltar from Broxbourne in Hertfordshire in 2002, said: “The choices in the UK are very much about what people want to do with Brexit.

“It’s very much if you vote for Jo Swinson it’s about coming out of the deal and Boris Johnson is very much in favour of driving that through.

“I don’t really know if the Labour Party are quite sure what they want to do.”

Olga Zammitt, 74, retired, who was on her way to the hairdressers, said: “In a way it started off on the wrong foot and unbalanced and everybody likes to think they have majority support but maybe not.”

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