British Government will continue to press Spain to honor the agreement to step up law enforcement cooperation in Gibraltar waters, Philip Dunne Minister of State for Defence has said. Mr Dunne was responding to a written question in the House of Commons from Tory MP Andrew Rosindell.
Mr Rosindell asked what steps the Ministry of Defence is taking to protect Gibraltar against further armed incursions into Gibraltarian waters by Spanish authorities.
Mr Dunne replied: “The Government takes its responsibility for protecting the sovereignty of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters very seriously.”
“The Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron is at the forefront of our response to Spanish incursions, and will continue to challenge all unlawful actions by Spanish state vessels.”
The Minister added: “The Spanish Government has reassured us that safety of lives at sea is a top priority for all concerned and that their law enforcement agencies will operate with respect for this principle.”
“The Spanish Government has also agreed to our proposal to step up law enforcement cooperation. The Government will continue to press them to honour this agreement,” Mr Dunne said.