UK accuses Spain of violating maritime law in Gibraltar waters

The Foreign Office has called on the EU to investigate Spain's presence in Gibraltar waters

LAST UPDATED: 10 Aug, 2015 @ 10:39
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THE UK’s Foreign Office has officially accused Spain of violating maritime law following multiple Spanish incursions into Gibraltarian waters.

Gibraltar police boats
Gibraltar police boats

The Gibraltar police believe that the accusation comes on the heels of an incident from Saturday, where a Spanish security boat and helicopter pursued another Spanish boat into the waters off of Gibraltar.

The Foreign Office released a statement stating that, despite the necessity of pursuing a boat for criminal issues, not informing the Gibraltar authorities was ‘completely unacceptable and illegal under international maritime law’.

The Spanish government has protested against the accusations based on their claim that the territorial waters are under Spain’s domain, commenting that ‘There were no incidents. Spain recognises these waters as Spanish’.



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5 COMMENTS

  1. A decent-sized hole below the waterline and a swarm of drones around helicopters is absolutely the answer to these incursions.
    Imagine a French gunboat pursuing smugglers up the Thames, there would be more than a verbal shot across THEIR bows.

  2. One point that the Spanish don’t mention for example the El Pais state sponsored rag, is that the men on the boat were Spanish and transporting drugs to Spain from N Africa. Therefore the usual nonsense that the average patriotic Sloppy will trot out about Gibraltar being smuggler paradise and a nest of pirates is irrelevant.

  3. there is a simple answer to it…..the next boat to do so in our British waters should be sunk with out question…..this may have them think twice about doing it again….and if the Spanish want to retaliate then i say bring it on..!!..its about time this was sorted once and for all….the Spanish seem to think that Gibraltar belongs to them because its attached to Spain…..does that make Portugal and France theres….!!!!!

  4. SVA and Guardia Civil naval crews are true heroes working against all odds in very difficult circumstances. Keep up the good work chaps!!

    Just for the record, Mr Rajoy told Mr Cameron to his face that Spain does not recognize what you call BGTW. The SVA and GC crew were doing their Job fighting crime in STW (Spanish Territorial Waters)

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