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UK Would Go to War to Defend Gibraltar,"The Rock" Spain Seeks

UK Would Go to War to Defend Gibraltar,

The spat has even led a former MP to suggest that British Prime Minister Theresa May was willing to go to war to defend the territory of 30,000 people. With a population of 33 thousand inhabitants, Gibraltar was conqjered by the United Kingdom during the Spanish Succession War (17601-1713) and since then, has generated continuous tension between both countries.

Picardo said Spain was trying to bully Gibraltar and that the European Union was allowing the bullying to happen, and said Gibraltar would not allow itself to become a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiations.

And the U.K.'s foreign secretary told The Telegraph: "Gibraltar is not for sale".

He said the people of Gibraltar did not doubt Britain's commitment to maintain their sovereignty, but added: "What they doubt is Britain's ability to negotiate on their behalf the best deal economically, and that's what they want to hear from this Government". We have no evidence at the moment that the Spanish government would seek to invade and take over Gibraltar.

Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo essentially called EU Council President Donald Tusk "a cuck" in an interview with Reuters.

Sir, - I was shocked to see that the European Union has included an effective Spanish veto on the Brexit talks over Gibraltar in its draft guidelines. It said that one of the two patrol vessels that Britain's Royal Navy keeps in Gibraltar chased the Spanish ship off. According to British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, a vocal proponent of the Leave campaign last summer, the territory's status will not change anytime soon.

Tensions are rising between the United Kingdom and Spain in a row over the future of Gibraltar, as the United Kingdom embarks on negotiations to leave the European Union.

Last November, in response to a question from Conservative peer Lord Patten in the House of Lords, the British government said there had been 434 incursions by Spanish state vessels into Gibraltar waters in the 12 months to October 31, 2016, the most recent data available.

"That is not going to change". "I think some people in the United Kingdom are losing their temper but there's no need for that".

Among the negotiation lines of the Brexit (British withdrawal from the Community club) the European Union established that Madrid would have veto power over any agreement reached between London and Brussels over the disputed rock, located in the southern point of the Iberian penĂ­nsula.


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