The UK has sent one of its nuclear submarines to Gibraltar, amid a long-running territorial dispute with Spain that escalated after Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU).
The HMS Ambush docked in Gibraltar on Saturday, only a day after Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo repeated Madrid’s claim of sovereignty over the territory.
Speaking in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the EU, Garcia said Brexit had opened up “new possibilities on Gibraltar not seen for a very long time.”
The UK navy claimed that the attack submarine’s visit to the Rock was long planned, but analysts believe that it was a clear message by London to Madrid that UK’s position on Gibraltar is not likely to change.
This is while UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned on Sunday that protecting the territory would be harder after leaving the bloc.
“’We will be less able to protect Gibraltar’s interests – not defend Gibraltar’s territory, of…