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Royal Navy warships ‘must be sent to Gibraltar protect it from Spain invasion’

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DISPUTED: Spain and Britain have been rowing for centuries over the island known as the ‘Rock’

It has been claimed the UK must be prepared to defend the overseas territory after warnings Spain could “pounce on us” after the historic vote to leave the EU. The call comes after claims by Madrid that Brexit could lead to power sharing of the island, known as the “Rock”. And just days after fuming MPs warned Spain it will spark a “serious incident” in Gibraltar if it continues with its hundreds of unlawful incursions into British waters[1].

Former Ministry of Defence advisor and director Luke Coffey said the government must take steps to “safeguard” the Mediterranean colony ahead of crunch Brexit talks with the EU. In an article on the ConservativeHome website, he urged the MoD to send “an important message” to Gibraltans by “increasing the Royal Navy s visible presence”.

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TENSION: Spanish ships have been violated British waters

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ROCK: Gibraltar is a British overseas territory

I hope the formula on co-sovereignty the Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than before.

Jose Manual Garcia-Margallo

There were fears that Spain could snatch the British outpost “the very next day” ahead of the vote. But the comments, made by the country’s foreign minister Jose Manual Garcia-Margallo, were condemned in the UK, with UKIP blasting them “territorial threats”.

But following the vote, Garcia-Margallo has since warned that Brexit was a complete change of outlook that opens up new possibilities . He added: I hope the formula on co-sovereignty the Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than before.

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LANDGRAB: Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said he could see a Spanish flag on the Rock

Residents of the island, which lies at the end of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, voted overwhelmingly to remain, with 96% choosing to stay. Following the shock result, Europe minister David Lidington said there will be no talks with Spain over Gibraltar s sovereignty.

Speaking to the people of Gibraltar, David Lidington said: The United Kingdoms will continue to stand by Gibraltar.

“We will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against your wishes.

Royal Navy and RAF’s most advanced equipment pictures[2]

Anglo-Spanish relations over the fate of the Gibraltar have been frosty for more than 300 years after Spain ceded the island to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht. Several high-tension incidents over territory have flared up since, including a “serious” stand-off between Spanish and British vessels in 2014. Last month a Royal Navy attack submarine was damaged after smashing into a merchant vessel near Gibraltar[3].

Nuclear-powered sub HMS Ambush bumped a tanker as she tried to come to the surface near the island.

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