Gibraltar says Spanish navy patrol ship made illegal incursion into its waters

The fact that a British prime minister has to back away from talk about war over Gibraltar is pretty stunning.

Britain's aim of forging a new deal with the European Union in two years may be unrealistic, and the government must set out the economic implications of failure, a powerful group of lawmakers said Tuesday.

Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, second left, speaks with, from left, Malta's Foreign Minister George Vella, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders and Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak during a meeting of.

Portugal is home to thousands of British expatriates, majority living in the southern Algarve region.

Picardo said Spain was trying to bully Gibraltar and that the European Union was allowing the bullying to happen, and said Gibraltar would not allow itself to become a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiations.

David Davis, who is Britain's point person on Brexit, reiterated Britain's steadfast support for Gibraltar during the previously unannounced dinner with Dastis on Sunday night.

"The sovereignty of Gibraltar is unchanged and is not going to change", he said.

Spain called for cool heads on Monday.

Academics argue that belonging to the European Union has been a boost for British science by allowing universities to take part in pan-European research programmes and recruit talent from across Europe without restrictions.

Dastis said the Spanish government was "surprised" by the tone of the comments.

Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Monday that on the issue of Europe and Gibraltar, Britain's traditional reputation for calmness seems to be notably absent.

The Spanish naval incursion follows the country's foreign minister Alfonso Dastis telling the United Kingdom to calm down after former Tory leader Lord Howard suggested Prime Minister Theresa May might be ready to go to war to keep Gibraltar British.

The area is a British-controlled rocky headland on the southern tip of Spain.

On Sunday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that the United Kingdom remained committed to supporting Gibraltar and would never negotiate its sovereignty.

Gibraltar has criticised Madrid for breaching United Nations rules after a Spanish naval vessel was ordered out of British territorial waters off the Rock.

Map of Gibraltar and Spain.

After an European Union document suggested that Spain would be given a veto on post-Brexit agreements governing the British overseas territory, Lord Howard said he was certain that the Prime Minister would be ready to defend the Rock as Margaret Thatcher did the Falklands.

  • Zachary Reyes