The Spanish government has called for joint sovereignty over Gibraltar after the UK decided to leave the European Union.

95.9% of ‘The Rock’s’ 30,000 population voted overwhelmingly for staying in the EU.

Speaking on national radio, Spain’s Foreign Minister said:

“It’s a complete change of outlook that opens up new possibilities on Gibraltar not seen for a very long time. I hope the formula of co-sovereignty – to be clear, the Spanish flag on the Rock – is much closer than before.”

Relations aren’t calm however, in May last year, a Spanish patrol boat reportedly tried to “hassle” an American nuclear submarine attempting to dock at Gibraltar.

According to multiple sources, flares were fired across the bow of the Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena in mid-April as it twice attempted to sail across the front of the American ballistic missile submarine USS Florida.

The USS Florida, a 20,000 ton Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned in 1983 with the hull designation of SSBN-728; with her conversion to a cruise missile submarine, she was re-designated SSGN-728. She carriers 154 BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The Guardia Civil launch Rio Cedeña attempted to cross in front of the submarine but was stopped by the actions the Royal Navy’s HMS Sabre and a rigid-hulled inflatable boat, which manoeuvred in close, according to an eyewitness as reported by ‘The Chronicle’.

“The Guardia Civil boat was forced to a dead stop and made to retrace its course well away from the submarine” said Michael Sanchez, who saw the events unfold and photographed key moments.

A spokesman for the Governor’s office confirmed the incursion “…in the vicinity of an incoming submarine.”

“The professionalism  of the Royal Navy and Gibraltar Defence Police ensured there was no risk to safety” the spokesman added.

This is yet another Spanish incursion into Gibraltarian watersThis is the latest in a long line of political infringements and military incursions into the sovereign territory of Gibraltar. Last year the Spanish Ambassador was formally called into Downing Street and a Formal Complaint was made by the FCO after the Diplomatic Bag was opened on the border with Spain.

Recently there have been many complaints regarding the Spanish behavior, the boarder guards have purposely caused delays for workers who travel across daily on orders from the Spanish government, there have been other incursions by Spanish vessels into water and Spanish divers were seen carrying out investigations on the artificial reef off the Gibraltar runway (which runs out into the sea).

 

 

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Matthew Wrigley
5 years ago

Never going to happen, dream on Spain. ??????

Andrew Nicholson
5 years ago

First war in Europe for ages coming up, Little England versus Spain

Dan Wheatley
5 years ago

Our logistical capability supports us to have a Strong fight even if we went to war with China (not saying we would win or lose that battle just that we would be comparatively strong)

Sean Jason Mclaughlin O'neill

Little England? We will have our subs back please when you little Scotland have your independence finally

David Lee Stokoe
5 years ago

Not quite Francis Xavier Sowerby Thomas the EU wasn’t holding Spain back in think it’s more to do with us beem s NATO country

Gary Davey
5 years ago

Militarily the Spanish would have to want to commit suiscide to attack the out crop

Andrew Nicholson
5 years ago

Sean Jason Mclaughlin O’neill Little England needs tiny Scotland for its Faslane base and to build your carriers lol

Graham G
Graham G
4 years ago

Andrew, you should say our carriers. They are built for Britain not England and there will be a lot of proud Scots serving on them and rightly so.

Jake Hayes
5 years ago

And they always will scotland won’t leave unless the UK government allow a referendum.

Andrew Nicholson
5 years ago

As long as they don’t until a generation has passed, I rely on defence work for the navy along with over 10,000 of us in Scotland.

Jordan Francis
5 years ago

We don’t “need” Scotland though

Alex Gray
5 years ago

What with oil at $50 a barrel, be my guest and f… o..

Ben Mortlock
5 years ago

Funny

Dave Green
5 years ago

Ha ha NOT GOING TO HAPPEN

Michael Thomas
5 years ago

Typo in the article. Boarder instead of border.

Richard Raker
5 years ago

They can fight us for it. Oh, they did and lost. Ha ha

Nick Birch
5 years ago

HA HA !! you will get destoryed

Andy
Andy
4 years ago
Reply to  Nick Birch

No blocks of flats then?

drake
drake
5 years ago

keep dreaming Spain

Aden Marc Shrimpton
5 years ago

Wouldn’t it be a better idea for the UK to have southern Spain??? Whilst we’re at it, the baleriac islands wouldn’t be too bad either…

Nicholas Moody
5 years ago

We used to have Minorca in the 18th century.

Juan Miguel Rossello Cardell

Venid a las Baleares si tenéis huevos

Miguel Losada
5 years ago

Juan Miguel Rossello Cardell No los tienen . A parte de ser unos piratas poco más saben hacer… Todavía se acuerdan de Don Blas de Lezo…

Kurt Rowland Robertshaw

While we are at it , let’s take back Calais which was under English control for a very long time

Nicholas Moody
5 years ago

And Aquitaine. I like Aquitaine.

Alex Gray
5 years ago

Minorca … Byng gone!

Ole Primdahl
5 years ago

Great Idea ?
Then it will be Danish when we reclaim control over Britain ?

Russell Bushby
5 years ago

When reading Spanish Politicians statements, in this case the Foreign Minister, it’s worth remembering that these statements are made to a Press which is very much less critical than our own. Most senior Politicians in Spain know that if they made a serious encroachment on Gib, they would be opening up a nasty can of worms, with re Morocco…..

Thomas Hughes
5 years ago

It will be up to the Gibraltar inhabitants to decide, but considering that they were overwhelmingly in favour of staying in the EU I certainly wouldn’t blame them if they took up Spain’s offer.

Gary Davey
5 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Hughes

And give up their UK rates of pay? How else do you expect them to have a second house on the Spanish coast. I think they’d rather spit blood than sign up with Madriid!

Peter Avis
5 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Hughes

Gibraltar will never join Spain, put to the test they will vote stay with the UK.

Mark Llewellyn
5 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Hughes

I imagine Gibraltar are
Nervous as they have been seeing a UK government becoming less interested in their welfare, hopefully that will change shortly!

Albert Yome
5 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Hughes

We have voted on two previous referendums. Gibraltar will never be Spanish. The question will simply not be asked of us.

Harry Eaton
5 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Hughes

Gibraltar may want to stay in the EU, but preferably continually British, I doubt the majority want to join Spain just to remain in the EU.

Jeff Bourn
5 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Hughes

Pmsl yeah right

Callam Delaney
5 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Hughes

Lmfao, gibraltar hates spain more than anything and I don’t blame them. Gibraltar neglected by eu legislation and agreements should have voted out.

Peter J Middleton
5 years ago

I don’t see the Spanish offerring to joint share Ceuta with Morocco

Francis Xavier Sowerby Thomas

Dan Wheatley The findings in that article are obviously in need of updating, we have lost a lot of our influencing power.

Martin Boland
5 years ago

Gibraltar independence? (they voted ~95% in…)

Gonçalves Edgar
5 years ago

O desmembramento inglês começou e sem guerras. Foi mais facil do que a segunda guerra mundial. Um bem aja á Alemanha pela gloriosa vitória.

John England
5 years ago

As said. Gibraltar should decide what they want.

Aaron Befoh
5 years ago
Reply to  John England

Well if they really want to be debt ridden then Spain is the place to go.

Albert Yome
5 years ago
Reply to  John England

We have decided, twice.

Mark Trundle
5 years ago

Go away Spain you poor little country.

Brian Aitkenhead
5 years ago

they can ‘call’ all they like.. doesn’t make it happen…

Karen Watkins
5 years ago

So..?

Ian Nash
5 years ago

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha we not governed by EU lot

Felicity Anne Sayers
5 years ago

no its fine we’ll take look after Spain instead ok?

Andy Myers
5 years ago

Good idea. They can control their side of the border and the Gibraltarians can control their’s.

Jack Cunnion
5 years ago

Kieran Aspden

Kieran Aspden
5 years ago
Reply to  Jack Cunnion

Hahahaha they can 1v1 me at chess

Jack Cunnion
5 years ago
Reply to  Jack Cunnion

??????

Damien Davies
5 years ago

they can sod off!

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

We should give them a vote.

I can fully understand why Gibraltar’s people wanted to stay in the EU, but it doesn’t mean they want to leave Britain.

Give them a vote and they can decide what they want to do, if they want to join Spain then let them, if not then let them stay.

Paul Seo
5 years ago

Might happen after the joint control of the Falkland Islands with the Argentinian government.

Dave Crook
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Seo

More chance of The Falklands taking over joint sovereignty of Argentina

Connor
Connor
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave Crook

I laughed.. good god.

Ben Davis
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Seo

The Argies can’t even put a plane in the air they’re that broke.

Albert Yome
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Seo

That will never happen.

Paul Seo
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Seo

Albert Yome , exactly. Joint control of Gibraltar will also never happen

John Read-Hammond
5 years ago
Reply to  Paul Seo

There is more military strength in the Falklands than in Argentina . Spain should be wary of threats, our oldest ally Portugal would have to act with us in defence of the realm.

Alex Gray
5 years ago

Foxtrot oscar!

Matt Andrews
5 years ago

Given to us in perpetuity by the Paella Bandits I believe?

Nathaniel Drax
5 years ago

Upto the Gibraltans

William Howie
5 years ago

It will end in tears !.

Rob Murphy
5 years ago

Or alternatively Britain and Gibraltar could call for ‘joint Control’ of Spain ??

Tom Vincze
5 years ago

Spain can piss off.

Abbas Raafat
5 years ago

لـكيـووتہ أأنـأأ ☺?

Connor
Connor
5 years ago

A vote to remain in the EU is not a vote to be governed partially by Spain.

Mathew Gardner
5 years ago

Next it will be Argentina asking for joint control of the Falklands

Anthony Hodges
5 years ago

Get fucked is what I’d say

Alan Firkins
5 years ago

Only one way to sort this”FIGHT”

Robert Froot Loops Marsden

Spain you tripin

Steve Harry
5 years ago

We could always claim Menorca, it was British when nelson was there 🙂

Paul Carter
5 years ago

Dont the spanish have better things to think about! Like the economy, debt levels and unemployment

Graham Mann
5 years ago

Oh yes as if hands off Gib or face the RN

Rob Dean
5 years ago

If I can be a little blunt… Spain can fuck right off and do it quickly… My fear now is that the bastards will push the situation into a shooting war…

Harry Eaton
5 years ago

They can dream, exit of the EU doesn’t change the Treaty of Utrecht.

Simon Taylor
5 years ago

Spain can get stuffed!!!

Martin Coombes
5 years ago

F*** you Spain!

Lee Reader
5 years ago

Spanish gov can’t run their own country, not sure it’s a good idea to let them loose on another !

Howard Riley
5 years ago

good idea

Andrew Casson
5 years ago

Spain can have have Gib if the Tunisians can have their rock back too

Kent Reynolds
5 years ago

Another excuse to try and get Gibraltar…