The row over Gibraltar stepped up another notch last night as the first sightings of the supposed British Expedition Force were reported from Spain.
Since the historic trigger of Article 50 by British Prime Minister Teresa May, the fate of Gibraltar has come into question. The EU have said that Spain have the final say on whether Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, exits the European Union. In shades of the Falklands War, senior British politicians have stated their readiness to go to war with Spain over the 426m-high limestone ridge. The Rock of Gibraltar has been under British ownership since 1713. Recently its 30,000 residents voted overwhelmingly to stay part of Britain.
The latest row has revived tensions with Spain once again. The EU and Spain are appearing to play hardball. Things look set to escalate things further as alleged British Expedition Forces have reportedly landed in Spain. Magaluf, Benidorm and the Costa Del Sol have reported thousands of British ‘invaders’.
Under the guise of hen and stag parties, scores of young Brits are disembarking EasyJet planes at Spanish airports. Staying in low budget hotels, the Brits have reportedly occupied various bars and eateries. Singing loudly and draining the local bars of its drinks, the locals have reported a full takeover by the Brits. Restaurant menus are no longer offering paella or tapas, instead offering a Full English breakfast and gammon and chips. Riojas are being replaced with draught Carling. Meanwhile, TV’s no longer show local programmes, instead showing non-stop Only Fools and Horses and Benny Hill.
Teams of high-spirited youth from Wigan have been drunkenly waving the Union flag around outside ‘Chasers’ in Benidorm. This is seen as a clear provocation by the Spanish government and a direct challenge over Gibraltar. Talk of Spain sending its own drunken youth to Blackpool has not been confirmed yet. However, this is one row that will not go away.
When questioned on the military threat Spain poses to Britain, Colonel James Fortiscue said “The Spanish? no threat whatsoever. If we invade between the hours of 2pm and 5pm, we don’t expect much of a fight.”