The footage of a Spanish navy vessel seeking to assert jurisdiction and control over Gibraltar territorial waters is a sign of unchanging times.
GSD Leader Keith Azopardi said: “It is regrettable and unacceptable that – once again – we have the spectacle of the Spanish navy seeking to encroach on our sovereignty, jurisdiction and control. It follows other incidents in the past. These incidents also undermine the necessary cooperation that must exist between law enforcement authorities on both sides. Despite British protests about these incidents these continue. It is clear there is a systematic and deliberate campaign to assert control in our waters. There must be an equally determined effort by the UK not to accept such incidents and pursue these diplomatically. It is therefore surprising that a spokesman for the Prime Minister has commented there was no incursion when data from a vessel tracker app seems to clearly indicate otherwise. No-one in Gibraltar will believe the notion that we are dealing with a new Spain when these types of incident continue to occur.”