London mayor Boris Johnson blasts Spain over Gibraltar
LONDON (AFP) - London mayor Boris Johnson on Monday issued a "hands off" warning to Spain over Gibraltar after Madrid vowed to take "all necessary measures" to defend its interests in the British outpost.
The gaffe-prone Conservative mayor urged the government to "prise Spanish hands off the throat of our colony" after it increased border checks in retaliation for the building of an artificial reef in disputed waters.
"Hands off our Rock, that's what I say," Mr Johnson wrote in Monday's Daily Telegraph.
"I hope that one way or another we will shortly prise Spanish hands off the throat of our colony, because what is now taking place is infamous," he added.