British MPs have called for Royal Navy gunboats to be sent to Gibraltar.
It comes as pressure grows on the British Government to act against Spanish ‘harassment’ of British citizens in the enclave.
In a heated House of Commons debate MPs from across the political spectrum rounded on the recent behavior of border guards, who opened a UK diplomatic sack.
They also heavily criticised the treatment of citizens going in out of the border.
Conservative MP Peter Bone said, “Would the minister not agree that to build up more trust for Gibraltarians, would it not be a good idea for some Royal Navy ships to make a goodwill visit there – preferably a couple of gun boats?”
Another Conservative MP, Andrew Rosindell, echoed the sentiment asking, “Isn’t it time to send the ambassador of Spain back to Madrid?”
The Spanish Government told minister of state for Europe David Lidington that it had opened the diplomatic bag by accident, describing it as a “junior procedural error.”
The Tory criticism was back by some Labour members, with Sir Gerald Kaufman saying, “This is a whole succession of harassment after harassment and it will not do. I have to say that the softly softly approach of this government is simply not working.”
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