A GROUP of Conservative MP’s have warned the Secretary General of NATO of Spain’s behaviour towards Gibraltar.
In a letter, the group label Spain’s recent conduct as a threat to British security, and warn that it could lead to a ‘serious’ incident at sea.
They point to the more than 210 ‘unlawful incursions’ of Spanish vessels into Gib waters, labelling the Iberian state’s conduct as a NATO ally as ‘increasingly unreliable’.
The letter reads: “We are personally fearful that these incursions will eventually result in a serious incident at sea with collisions and a danger of serious injury.
“The fact that Spain impedes the free movement of NATO forces between Gibraltar and Spain is to the detriment of Western Security, for example not allowing US Naval ships to bunker in Gibraltar and then dock at Spanish ports.”
They add that Spain’s decision to not permit the UK’s Royal Air Force aircraft to overfly Spanish airspace on their way to and from Gibraltar adds an estimated cost of £5,000 to £10,000 to each flight.
The letter continues: “It seems to us that Spain’s behavior as a NATO Ally is becoming increasingly unreliable.
“The Spanish Government allows the refueling of Russian warships in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta at a time when Russia has invaded the Ukraine and is aggressively testing NATO’s reactions.
“Yet the Spanish Foreign Minister makes ongoing verbal threats against Gibraltar.”
The letter comes a month after Spain proposed sharing sovereignty of the Rock with the UK following its decision to leave the European Union.