Tensions between Spain and Britain over territorial waters surrounding Gibraltar came to a head this week when a Spanish ship sailed too close to Gibraltar Harbour for some Diplomatic tensions between Spain and Britain continue to mount as the UK Foreign Office raises “serious concerns” with the Spanish Ambassador about the actions of a Spanish ship off the coast of Gibraltar.

On 19 November the Acting Permanent Under Secretary Matthew Rycroft summoned the Spanish Ambassador Federico Trillo to a meeting regarding what he described as a “significant incursion” into British territorial waters by Spanish ship RV Romon,which came within 250 metres of Gibraltar Harbour and perilously close to boats at anchor on 18 and 19 November.

During the meeting, Rycroft also highlighted the “unacceptable border delays” which continue to affect Gibraltarians and visitors.

A statement from the Foreign Office said: “The European Commission has given Spain clear recommendations which, if implemented, would improve the functioning of the border. The UK expects the Spanish government to act on these recommendations without delay.”

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