The British overseas territory Gibraltar is home to Europe's only indigenous population of primates: Barbary apes. Long a tourist attraction, the wild macaques have become a nuisance now that they've lost all fear of humans.
The incendiary claim came from Conservative Michael Howard, who said Britain would do what it needed to keep the British territory. He alluded to Britain's protection of another rocky outpost 35 years ago as a precedent.
EU-enthusiastic Gibraltar is preparing to face hardships in the wake of Brexit. The UK overseas territory feels betrayed by Brussels.
Gibraltarians could be unwilling pawns in the next few years of Brexit negotiations. They may have voted overwhelmingly against Brexit, but that didn't mean they want to be part of Spain.
Just days after a British politician threatened war to protect its claim on Gibraltar, a Spanish ship sailed through its waters. It progressed slowly about a mile offshore, triggering an angry response.
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