Royal Navy warships ‘should be sent to Gibraltar’ during Brexit negotiations as Spain pushes for joint sovereignty

As mentioned in previous posts, Spain will be gunning for British territory now that Brexit is in motion. The Brexit leaves the rest of the EU bitter and as a form of punishment will support Spain’s bid to take Gibraltar. Great Britain will receive no support since it exited and is no longer part of the EU.

See the following previous posts for more information:

Post-Brexit headlines for June 24, 2016, and more

Royal Navy Fires Warning Shot At Spanish Boat In Gibraltar

Will Brexit Mean the End of the UK’s Control of the Falklands and Gibraltar?

British nuclear submarine ‘surfaces off Gibraltar’ as row with Spain heats up


British warships must be sent to Gibraltar to “protect it from Spain” during Brexit negotiations, a former Ministry of Defence special adviser has said.

Known as The Rock, Gibraltar lies at the end of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, but its 30,000 residents have voted several times to remain a British Overseas Territory.

After an overwhelming 96 per cent Remain vote in June’s EU referendum, Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo swiftly called for the UK to share sovereignty, but the move was snubbed by Westminster.

Mr Coffey said Britain must now act to safeguard Gibraltar’s interests and reassure residents who feel anxious about the outcome of the Brexit vote.

“The Ministry of Defence should also make a grand gesture by increasing the Royal Navy’s visible presence in Gibraltar.  This would send an important message to the Gibraltarians.”

Accusing Spain of “anachronistic behaviour”, he added: “The UK needs to prepare for the worse. This could include maintaining a robust air bridge if the land border is closed.

“Also, in the event of a border closure by Spain, the UK must be prepared to respond with appropriate, firm, and proportionate measures against Madrid.”

Full article: Royal Navy warships ‘should be sent to Gibraltar’ during Brexit negotiations as Spain pushes for joint sovereignty (The Independent)

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