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Record Spanish incursions into Gibraltar waters in the last twelve months

Monday, January 6th 2014 - 19:13 UTC
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”General Franco blockaded Gibraltar, but he never presided over as many incursions into its waters” ”General Franco blockaded Gibraltar, but he never presided over as many incursions into its waters”

Spain has made a record number of illegal incursions into Gibraltar waters in the past year, new figures show. The Sunday Telegraph said the figures capped a 12 month period in which relations between the Rock and Madrid “reached their lowest ebb since the rule of General Francisco Franco.”

 Vessels flying the Spanish flag intruded into Gibraltar’s sea limits 446 times last year, figures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph reveal, almost double the tally for 2012, and the worst year on record.

“General Franco blockaded Gibraltar, but he never presided over as many incursions into its waters,” the newspaper noted.

“Such incursions are a misguided attempt to maintain and assert Spanish claims that the waters are Spanish,” a spokesman for the Foreign Office told the UK newspaper.

“However, we have always been confident of UK sovereignty over British Gibraltarian Territorial Waters.”

“Although unlawful Spanish incursions are a violation of sovereignty, they are not an armed attack and are not a threat to UK sovereignty.”

“They do not weaken or undermine the legal basis for British sovereignty. Nor do they change the fact of UK and Gibraltar jurisdiction.”

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  • Briton

    Why we let these 3rd world wannabies take the peeeese we will never know,

    Then again do we want to,

    But you can bet, there is more to this than meets the Spanish eye,
    Corruption, incompetence, political weakness,
    Inherited bullying,
    Pathetic ness , arrogance ,
    Still,
    The further down the drain Spain goes, the quicker she will bump into Argentina,

    Two peas in the same pod, really lolol.

    Jan 06th, 2014 - 07:32 pm 0
  • Britworker

    The last thing we should do is hand Spain a unifying enemy right now. The UK is doing exactly the right thing and in time Spain will have bigger fish to fry in Catalonia.
    What we could be doing is driving a wedge between Spain and Morocco, that would be time well spent and it wouldn't do any harm to highlight Spanish hippocracy.

    Jan 06th, 2014 - 07:54 pm 0
  • Briton

    Morocco
    should be given full support,

    it wont hurt as,
    but will give the Spanish a headache..lol

    Jan 06th, 2014 - 07:59 pm 0
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