FCO Political Director Simon Gass today summoned the Spanish Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Federico Trillo, in order to underline the British Government’s serious concerns regarding delays at the Gibraltar-Spain border, and to seek reassurances that there would be no repeat of the additional checks this weekend.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State Hugo Swire, said:
“From 26 to 28 July, and again on 30 July, there were long delays at the Gibraltar-Spain border of up to seven hours, as a result of wholly disproportionate checks introduced by the Spanish authorities on vehicles both leaving and entering Gibraltar.
“Disruption to border flows has a direct impact on the prosperity and well-being of communities on both sides of the border. The UK Government’s position is that these delays are unjustified, unacceptable and have no place at a border between EU partners.”
The Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom was last summoned to the FCO in November 2012 following two serious incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.
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