SPANISH activists have demanded the UK government stop docking nuclear submarines in Gibraltar.
Ecologistas en Accion blasted the British Navy following the arrival of the HMS Astute S119 into the overseas territory at the weekend.
The green group called the submarine a ‘floating bomb’ and said it put the whole of Andalucia at risk from a nuclear fall out.
“This is the largest submarine in the British Navy, a successor to the Trafalgar class with a capacity of 7,400 tonnes,” the group said in a statement.
“It is the same submarine which ran aground on the island of Skye in Scotland – without there being victims – before being refloated and repaired later.”
It criticised the vessel being docked on the Rock in 2014, 2015, and 2016, adding that the ‘floating bomb’ is ‘endangering the population of the Campo de Gibraltar end beyond’.
It added: “We regret that Gibraltar welcomes submarines of different kinds which have continually had breakdowns or design flaws, and which are continuously putting at risk the Campo de Gibraltar area.”
The group, which campaigns on environmental issues, said it was time for Gibraltar to be ‘free from nuclear-powered submarines and other vessels that are real floating bombs once and for all’.
“A nuclear submarine like the ‘HMS Astute 119’ can cause a nuclear accident with a fallout radius engulfing most of Andalucia and the Maghreb,” it said.
Interesting. Spain is content to live with 50.000 tons of radioactive soil still in Las Palomares (gifted by the U.S. fifty years ago) Yet kicks up a fuss about a non-leaking sub in Gib.
Could this be linked to Brexit and a possible opportunity therefrom to snatch the Rock?