Spanish Gunship Makes "Illegal Incursion" Into British Waters Off Gibraltar

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Just days after a post-Brexit UK cabinet put Europe on edge when a former Conservative leader said on Sunday that Theresa May "would go to war" to protect Gibraltar, Spain has tested the former EU member's resolve when on Tuesday afternoon the Gibraltar government tweeted that a Spanish gunship has made an illegal incursion into British waters off Gibraltar amid rising Brexit tensions over the territory.

According to SkyNews which broke the story, the Royal Navy told the ship to leave but the incident, the seventh of its kind this year, is likely to escalate already rising tensions over the sovereignty of the Rock.

The alleged incursion comes the day after Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis told the UK not to "lose tempers" after the EU Brexit negotiation guidelines effectively gave Spain significant power over Gibraltar's future.

Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have moved to reassure the people of Gibraltar that the territory will remain under British control. Lord Howard told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: "I think there's no question whatever that our Government will stand by Gibraltar." As we reported previously, over the weekend former Conservative leader Lord Howard told Sky News Theresa May could be willing to defend the British territory - like Margaret Thatcher had over the Falklands.

He said: "Thirty-five years ago this week, another woman prime minister sent a task force half way across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country.

"I'm absolutely certain that our current prime minister will show the same resolve in standing by the people of Gibraltar."


Downing Street said it would not be sending a task force to Gibraltar but did not condemn Lord Howard's comments. A spokesman said on Monday: "All that Lord Howard was trying to establish is the resolve that we will have to protect the rights of Gibraltar and its sovereignty."

Spain has a long-standing territorial claim on Gibraltar, which has been held by the UK since 1713 and has the status of a British overseas territory; recent post-Brexit developments suggest that Europe, and especially Spain, may have renewed claims on the territory.

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Brazen Heist's picture

BritBob....gets on the suicide dingie and go KABOOM!

We'll hear about him soon.

Looney's picture


Tomorrow, Theresa May will be wearing her War Granny Panties and Kevlar Flip-Flops.   ;-)


Truther's picture

With a dildo on the hip.


The Warmongers will steal the show, just in time when the shit hits the Fed in the face.

NoDebt's picture

I can only assume there will shortly be a war in the Falkland Islands as well?

Having this shit pop up after BritBob won't shut up about it for months straight.... this is fucking painful.  I mean it almost physically hurts.  Can we ban him just so we don't have to suffer through his inevitable gloating?


tmosley's picture

>Spain has a long standing claim

>On a territory that was taken from them by right of conquest more than 300 years ago

No. The UK needs to test a nuke. Preferably somewhere close to a Spanish possession.

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

If BritBob was well ahead of this, the best I can do is quote the immortal words on G. W. Bush:

"That's some weird shit"

HowdyDoody's picture

The Spaniards have one thing in their favor. The engines on the latest Brit navy ships sieze if the water is too hot. I think it was towed back. That sort of thing seems to affect US and canadian navy ships too. Maybe the whoremongers should hold off until they have got some hardware to back them up.


QuantumEasing's picture

The Spaniards know they are fake, just like every major government.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

I am simply surprised that Spain has anything resembling a Navy. 

QuantumEasing's picture

The Spanish Navy is fairly modern and well-equipped as EU countries go.

Would be interesting to see the Royal Navy get a black eye if they press their "claims."

Nobody For President's picture

Yes, the modern Spanish Navy warships all have glass bottoms to better see their last Navy that took on the British.

The Management's picture

Spanish Armada VS Royal Navy

: Submarines : 3 old diesel --VS-- 11 nuclear and new diesel

: Cruisers : 11 old cruisers --VS-- 19 cruise missile launchers


This would be over in a few hours.


Obviously nothing would ever happen between these two nations over Gibraltar.

Total non-starter.

Madison's_Ghost's picture

"... I only came to Sarejevo for the sandwhiches!" - Gavrilo Princip

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Bullish for new coral reef hosts.

Kevin Trader's picture

Did they repurpose the Armada

OKUSA's picture

The Brits would walk over the Spaniards. They are much more prepared for war than Spain.

Jubal Early's picture

These are two ZATO allies, which doubles the pleasure.  A pox on both houses.

Gibraltar has 5 synogogues, it is infested with money changers.  The real Brits there just want to keep their pensions flowing at the current exchange rates and are worried about access to Spain.  That border between Spain and Gibraltar is a pain in the ass even when there isn't a fuss.  Now there are probably 4 hours waits to get in and out.


Winston Churchill's picture

But on the bright side, where else can you get by a plane while waiting in line ?.

Jubal Early's picture

Now that I think about it, Spain recently passed a law allowing any Sephardic Jews showing links to Spain to aotomatically get Spanish citizenship.  A little later I read about how they were making it even easier for Jews from Turkey to get an automatic Spanish pass (Don't you love these hyphenated (((citizens)))?).

So now all those regular visitors to synogogs in Gibralter have automatically Spanish citizenship.  This happened almost concurrent to Brexit.  It looks to me that this is no cooincidence and that they have planned some kind of action in Gibraltar.  I would bet that it is tied to greater Israel, who naturally would want a monopoly of force on the entire mediterranean.  It also makes the obsession with Crimea also more understandable. 

Tsipras the Great's picture

I know a rocky place just perfect for that

OverTheHedge's picture

I thought that the sensible response would be to discuss plans for closing UK waters to fishing, "for conservation purposes". I also thought that closing the Irish Box would be a good idea, except I was worried as to how you lot would misconstrue it.

On purpose.

Dirty minds, the lot of you.

Lumberjack's picture


Falklands includes a new island in its EEZ with UN support

Lumberjack's picture

In order to bring some clarity to the matter we present two of the seminal pieces on the topic: first, fro the IMF: "The (sizable) Role of Rehypothecation in the Shadow Banking System" and then from one of the best scholars of shadow banking, Gary Gorton, "Haircuts." We will let readers digest the wealth of information contained in these two pieces on their own, however, we will point out the two key messages: on one hand we get a definitive explanation of why not NY but London is true hub of financial engineering and infinite leverage (recall that the UK is in fact the most levered nation on a GDP basis in the world when one takes into account all outstanding debt, not just sovereign - a fact well known to S&P and explaining why the UK will be the last to be downgraded as this would bring attention to the last domino in the chain) as follows: "Mathematically, the cumulative ‘collateral creation’ can be infinite in the United Kingdom" -

Teja's picture

I absolutely believe in anything Professor Loof Lirpa, the Lithuanian geologist who has worked with this case, tells us!

Brazen Heist's picture

The UK seems to be getting all roused up over all the left-overs from their former colonial empire.

But Russia isn't allowed to defend next door Novorussia and Crimea against aggressive anti-Russian fascist thugs.

Go figure!

wildbad's picture

Spain? Really..dios mio!!

Break out the cutlasses mateys.

This is a NATO ship then right. Puhleeez

cheech_wizard's picture

Nobody expects the Spanish...armada?

Fake Trump's picture

She doesn't wear panties.

Banker Buster's picture

take it out, the spanish are beta pussies.  

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Last time Spain and England came to naval blows, it didn't end well for the Spanish Armada...

Albertarocks's picture

Everybody knows that.  Let's talk about the important things... such as if England and Spain go to war again it won't be the English or Spanish who started it.  It will be the fucking bankers, as always.  100% needless.  The English people wouldn't want it.  The Spanish people wouldn't want it.  Neither side needs it.  The world doesn't need it.  The bankers need it.  Hang the whole lot of them and wars would come to an immediate end.

Arnold's picture

Lord Nelson to the Falklands, please.
Nelson to the Falklands.

Madison's_Ghost's picture

If Spain so much as flinches at The Rock, their will be a British backed coup in Catalonia almost instantaneously.

DirtySanchez's picture

Europe will be at war with each other sooner rather than later.

These maniacs can't resist killing each other.

BlindMonkey's picture

Who needs national warfare when they could just do the reconquista 2.0?  

Albertarocks's picture

In all due respect, you're 100% wrong.  There are no European "maniacs".  They are lovely people, all of them.  It's the fucking bankers who instigate wars.  When is humanity going to wake up and turn their angry gaze in the right direction... at the Soros' of the world and the bankers who cause these division that lead to wars?  God damn it I'm getting sick of this needless shit they cause.

Albertarocks's picture

OMG, don't tell me this bullshit is starting all over again.  Another "illegal incursion"?  WTF?  Do the bankers plan on sending England on another war with Spain over nothing?  Is there no end to their evil?  Let me answer that... no there isn't.

HRClinton's picture

Too many White people on both sides. Ergo, send then to war, amd create Debt.

Have people not seen the key scene from The International? 

"The value of a conflict - the true value of a conflict - is in the Debt that it creates: Control the Debt, control everything."

Be mindful of who "owns the world" and who is "doing God's work". If you aren't clear on that, then what can I tell you, but... Look, squirrel! 

Yen Cross's picture

 Spain is bankrupt like the rest of the PIGS. 

Truther's picture

So, they don't have any to lose right? Except some exceptional young lives to fulfill their wet dreams and start a war.

Yen Cross's picture

 The president [Prime Minister] of Spain is a quasi dictator, technocratic assclown.

  Mariano Rajoy

bluskyes's picture every other prime-minister/president in the world.

Treason Season's picture

...and a garden variety thief.

hongdo's picture

They could lose their high unemployment rate.  Would improve the economic statistics and bond rates.

cheech_wizard's picture

What else do you do when the unemployment rate is in the double digits and hovering just shy of 50%?

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Madison's_Ghost's picture

What if Germany/EU has offered to forgive Spanish debt if they instigated a war over Giraltar to punish the Brits for Brexit?

lucas991's picture

Put your money where your mouth is and stop talking shit.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The Spaniards are Euro-Mexicans, right?