Spanish Navy in illegal incursion into Gibraltar waters

  • Spanish Navy in illegal incursion into Gibraltar waters

Spanish Navy in illegal incursion into Gibraltar waters

Politicians and newspapers in the United Kingdom reacted furiously to the development, with former Conservative leader Lord Howard suggesting on Sunday that Prime Minister Theresa May would even be prepared to go to war with Spain over the Rock, just as Britain did with Argentina over the Falkland Islands 35 years ago.

'We're focused on talking with the rest of the European Union, ' she said.

British rhetoric quickly heated up after the EU's Brexit negotiating guidelines released on Friday included a section saying Spain must have a say on any future trade deal involving Gibraltar.

The future of Gibraltar, a rocky British outpost on Spain's southern tip, has become the first major dispute of the exit negotiations since Prime Minister Theresa May filed the formal divorce papers on March 29.

Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have moved to reassure the people of Gibraltar that the territory will remain under British control.

Howard's comments followed an interview on Sunday by Michael
Fallon, the UK's defence secretary, in which he said: "Gibraltar is going to be protected all the way because the sovereignty of Gibraltar can not be changed without the agreement of the people of Gibraltar and they have made it very clear they do not want to live under Spanish rule".

In the Reuters interview, Picardo went straight after the European Union council President saying, "Mr Tusk, who has been given to using the analogies of the divorce and divorce petition, is behaving like a cuckolded husband who is taking it out on the children".

Downing Street characterised the discussions as "very friendly and very constructive", adding that Mr Davis echoed Mrs May's position that Britain will be "steadfast in our support for Gibraltar". It said that one of the two patrol vessels that Britain's Royal Navy keeps in Gibraltar chased the Spanish ship off.

'This comes at a time of heightened tensions between the United Kingdom and Spain over the Rock and Lord Howard's comments that the United Kingdom would go to war for Gibraltar'. "I think some people in the United Kingdom are losing their temper but there's no need for that".

Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar posted a video of the Spanish ship on its Twitter feed.

Among the negotiation lines of the Brexit (British withdrawal from the Community club) the European Union established that Madrid would have veto power over any agreement reached between London and Brussels over the disputed rock, located in the southern point of the Iberian península.