EventsEventsPodcasts
Loader
Find Us
ADVERTISEMENT

Making waves: Spanish ship off Gibraltar heightens UK tensions

Making waves: Spanish ship off Gibraltar heightens UK tensions
Copyright 
By Euronews
Published on
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

It was hardly the Spanish Armada.

ADVERTISEMENT

It was hardly the Spanish Armada.

But the sight of a naval vessel from Spain off the coast of Gibraltar on Tuesday was enough to ignite already simmering tensions with Britain over the disputed territory.

The Royal Navy ordered the ship away.

And Gibraltar’s government denounced what it called an ‘illegal incursion’.

Illegal incursion into #British#Gibraltar Territorial Waters by Spanish Navy patrol ship Infanta Cristina this afternoon. #BGTWpic.twitter.com/IkYadi8XNn

— HM Govt of Gibraltar (@GibraltarGov) 4 avril 2017

But a spokesman for Spain’s foreign ministry said that Madrid did not recognise the waters as belonging to Gibraltar and the ship, the Infanta Cristina, had been on a routine patrol.

“An illegal incursion, no, because for us it is the utilisation of our waters,” the spokesman said.

Disputes between Gibraltar and Spain over the waters are frequent but the latest comes days after the territory of some 33,000 people took centre stage in the wrangling over Britain’s exit from the European Union, which was triggered on March 29.

with Reuters

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Gibraltar's rocky road to Brexit

EU's top Brexit negotiator tells Britain to ''Keep calm and negotiate'' over Gibraltar

UK looks to rebuild relations with Europe under new leadership