¿Military Confrontation between the United Kingdom and Spain over Gibraltar?
May 18, 2012
A publication by The Times said that a military conflict between Spain and the UK dut to fishing rights on Gibraltar is possible.
“The disagreement between Britain and Spain over fishing rights has become a diplomatic dispute that has led to the two royal houses and could trigger a military confrontation in the waters of Gibraltar,” the publication says.
Tensions between the two countries increased when Queen Sofia did not attend the celebrations for the coronation anniversary of Elizabeth II. The Daily Telegraph described the gesture as “a little girl tantrum.”
Meanwhile, The Times notes that it might be involved warships of the Royal Navy, on the disputed waters. “If the Civil Guard escorts fishing vessels in our waters, the Gibraltar Police will have to decide if it calls a squadron of the Royal Navy to intervene. We hope it will not happen because, at least, this could generate more tension,” a spokesman for the Government of Gibraltar said.
The Times also compares the conflict with Falklands, with a controversial phrase: “Go out there pretending that your country has a sort of divine right to own a small part of the world is simply stupid.”