UK Diplomats have attempted to diffuse rising tensions with the ‘Country-Formerly-Known-As-Spain’ with a carefully worded statement: ‘The spit of land which lies between France and the British territory of Gibraltar, with Portugal attached to its left-hand side, will in future be referred to by her Majesty’s Government as ‘North Gibraltar.’
Spanish authorities had been concerned that Gibraltar’s new artificial reef would damage their fishing industry, but conceded that the re-branding of their nation was in no way ‘disproportionate’. In turn, the UK will agree to sink the Isle of Wight into the Channel to ensure adequate territorial waters for ‘North Gibraltarian’ trawlers.
‘We hope that King Juan Carlos will not break off diplomatic relations,’ said a Foreign Office spokesman, in a non-inflammatory tone. ‘And that the fish-people of the Isle of Wight will provide an excellent low-calorie source of protein and omega-3 for their North Gibraltarian overlords’.
By Titus, with a hat-tip to Tripod.