[Ed. – For those who’ve slept since then, we previewed this last summer. The revival of these antique cracks in modern European harmony gives Brexit a certain Gilbert & Sullivan quality, doesn’t it? We’re not betting against the Royal Navy on this one.]
A Spanish ship has illegally entered Gibraltar’s territorial waters, the government has said.
The news comes amid increasing tensions between the UK and Spain over the sovereignty of the British Overseas Territory.
Those tensions came to a head over the weekend when the former minister Michael Howard suggested that Theresa May could go to war to protect the strategic enclave, a threat the Prime Minister did not immediately deny. Her spokesperson has since played down those comments.
A spokeswoman for the government of Gibraltar told the Press Association: “The ship entered British/Gibraltarian territorial waters. It was met by the Gibraltar Squadron and invited to leave.” The spokeswoman couldn’t say whether Gibraltar would make a formal protest over the incident.