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Royal Navy chases Spanish patrol boat out of waters off Gibraltar as Nigel Farage says UK must not be ‘bullied’

A Spanish patrol vessel has been accused of trespassing in Gibraltar’s waters just a day after Madrid called on Britain to calm down over growing tensions about the future of the territory.

The Infanta Cristina entered the territory’s waters at around lunchtime on Tuesday in Gibraltar’s government said was an “illegal incursion”.

The incident came only a day after Spain’s foreign minister urged the UK government to keep a cool head over negotiations over Gibraltar’s future, following suggestions from a former Conservative leader that Theresa May would be prepared to go to war to protect the Rock.

After an EU document suggested that Spain would be given a veto on post-Brexit agreements governing the British overseas territory, Lord Howard said he was certain that the Prime Minister would be ready to defend Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher did the Falklands.

A Spanish flag flies on top of the customs house on the Spanish side of the border between Spain and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar.

A Spanish flag flies on top of the customs house on the Spanish side of the border between Spain and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar.

Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, said the EU had made “an absolutely catastrophic error” and Britain would not be intimidated.

He said on his nightly LBC show: “We are not some little nation that’s going to get bullied around by overpaid, unelected eurocrats – we will simply not put up with it!”

A spokesman for HM Government of Gibraltar said: ‘Today’s illegal incursion by a Spanish naval vessel is a timely demonstration of the way in which Spain routinely conducts itself in breach of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

It is almost as if Lord Howard has unnerved someone senior in the Spanish Navy’.

SOURCE:TELEGRAPH.CO.UK

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