The Infanta Elena Spanish warship was filmed by Gibraltarian Nicholas Karnani illegally patrolling British territorial waters blasting the Spanish National Anthem out of its deck’s speakers. The warship illegal arrival was seen by locals as a “clear provocation” and an “invasion”.
It comes after Spain had demanded assurances that talks over Gibraltar’s inclusion in any future trade arrangement would be held bilaterally between the UK and Madrid.
King Felipe reportedly held emergency talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker as Spain threatened to vote against Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement at last month’s EU summit.
Spain voted in favour of Mrs May’s deal after she agreed to give Spain a say over Gibraltar.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro then angered Brexiteers by saying: “With Brexit we all lose, especially the United Kingdom, but when it comes to Gibraltar, Spain wins.”
Referring to a drive for co-sovereignty over the Rock, which has been British since the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, he then said: “We will talk about everything. The goal is to solve, once and for all, a conflict that has lasted 300 years.”
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said Madrid had “failed” in its efforts to reclaim the long disputed British overseas territory despite radical claims of “joint sovereignty” negotiations.
Madrid, London and Brussels reached a last-minute compromise after a week’s worth of posturing from Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish prime minister, and his ministerial team.
Mr Picardo praised Theresa May for ensuring Gibraltar is included in the Brexit withdrawal agreement, despite Spanish attempts to carve out the Rock from the deal.
Gibraltar was given a referendum in 2002 over whether residents wanted to share sovereignty with Spain.
The nation voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining British by 98.97 percent.
Just 1.03 percent voted in favour of the proposal.
The Rock voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum.