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UK: Spain continues to act unlawfully in Gibraltar

A Government spokesman said Spain is still acting "unlawfully" at the border with Gibraltar by imposing "disproportionate" checks:

We remain confident that the Spanish government has acted – and continues to act – unlawfully, through introducing disproportionate and politically motivated checks at the Gibraltar-Spain border.

The fact that the Commission has not found evidence that EU law has been infringed is not the same as concluding that Spain has not acted unlawfully.

The border operated significantly more smoothly than normal during the Commission visit.

– UK Government spokesman

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Gibraltarians fume as Spain cleared over border checks

Many residents of Gibraltar reacted angrily to the news that Spain has been cleared of wrongdoing over stringent border controls that caused long traffic queues.

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@eu_commission so 7/8 hour queues are ok then? Cheers. If I had any faith in you before, I certainly don't now. #Gibraltar

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The @eu_commission and @barrosoeu should be ashamed of themselves. I am praying Gibraltar leave the EU with the UK soon. #disgusted

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What a farce! You told Spain you were coming, of course you do not find any issues. @eu_commission an absolute joke!

EU urges UK and Spain to work together on Gibraltar

The European Commission has urged UK and Spanish authorities to work together and "strengthen dialogue" at the Gibraltar border.

An EU Commission statement suggested "daily cooperation between the authorities working on each side of the border" to help combat tobacco smuggling.

Gibraltarians wave Union Flags as the Royal Navy warship HMS Westminster arrives. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Commuters faced delays of several hours over the summer caused by stringent checks imposed by the Spanish during a diplomatic row over an artificial reef sunk off Gibraltar.

EU: Spain should reduce random border checks

The European Commission said Spain should "optimise" its profiling system at the Gibraltar border "in order to reduce the large amount of random border controls".

However, the EU said the Spanish authorities had not broken any EU laws with its tight border checks.

Commuters and tourists had to endure queues of up to five hours over the summer. Credit: PA

"The Commission has not found evidence to conclude that the checks on persons and goods as operated by the Spanish authorities at the crossing point ... have infringed the relevant provisions of Union law," it said in a statement.

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EU to 'advise Gibraltar and Spanish on future relations'

by - Europe Correspondent
Motorists wait at the Gibraltar- Spanish border. Credit: Press Association

Sources here in Brussels are telling me they think the British and Spanish will be receiving a letter from the Commission, advising them on ways to improve the relationship at the border and to co-operate to reduce tensions.

EU to make 'key announcements' on Gibraltar

The European Commission will make "key announcements" about the Gibraltar border issue within the next hour, a spokesperson said.

Olivier Bailly from the EU Commission said on Twitter that there would be "messages for both Spain and the UK" in a press conference at 1100 GMT:

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.@eu_commission to make key annoucements on #Gibraltar border issue at press conference at 12.00 today. Messages for both #Spain and #UK

More: PM meets Gibraltar chief minister

EU and Spain agree on Gibraltar fact finding mission

The president of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has spoken on the phone with Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy about the tensions over Gibraltar:

They agreed that a Commission fact finding mission should as soon as possible examine in loco the border control/movement of people and goods questions.

President Barroso expressed his hope that Spain and the UK will address these matters in a way that is in line with their common membership in the EU.

– European Commission statement
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