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UK Royal Navy to send warships to Gibraltar for routine exercises

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UK Royal Navy to send warships to Gibraltar for routine exercises

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The British Royal Navy has confirmed four warships will set sail for Gibraltar on Monday en-route to the Middle East to take part in pre-planned exercises.

Talks between Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his British counterpart David Cameron appear to have done nothing to ease the week-long tension brewing over The Rock.

The row started when Gibraltar’s government placed concrete blocks on the seabed to stimulate sea life and curb Spanish fishing off its coastline.

Spanish fishermen are accused of harming marine life with their use of trawling nets. They are vehemently opposed to the creation of an artificial reef.

José Ignacio Landaluce, Mayor of the closest Spanish city Algeciras, has accused Gibraltar of being a bad neighbour and acting “terribly”.

The dispute led to another day of heavy traffic at Gibraltar’s border. Spanish authorities continued their searches of cars travelling between Spain and the British Territory.

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