Gibraltar border row goes on after navy ships’ visit

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THE prime minister is due to talk to Gibraltar’s chief minister about a border row.

It comes after Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Westminster and two navy ships visited the Rock on their way to exercises in the Mediterranean.

Later this week chief minister Fabian Picardo is to hold talks about the row with Spain with David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, in London.

As reported in The News, Type 23 frigate Westminster was visiting Gibraltar ahead of the Cougar 13 wargames.

The exercises also include Portsmouth-based helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious and the flagship HMS Bulwark.

Now the three politicians are due to discuss an artificial reef that sparked a diplomatic row with Spain.

The Spanish increased border checks after Gibraltar dropped the concrete block reef, causing delays of several hours for traffic trying to enter and leave the British Overseas Territory.

The row over the reef, which Spain claims disrupts waters frequented by its fishing boats, has continued in recent 

Pictures posted online showed divers from a Spanish Guardia Civil unit unfurling a Spanish flag on the seabed.