EU to monitor Gibraltar border

The EU is to send a "fact finding mission" to the Gibraltar-Spain border to investigate checks imposed on the Spanish side amid continuing tension between the UK and Spain over the issue. The warship HMS Westminster has arrived in the area.

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Gibraltar minister accuses Spain of 'sabre-rattling'

Tensions have been building between Gibraltar and Spain in recent weeks.

Gibraltar's chief minister has accused Spain of acting like North Korea and sabre-rattling over the country's new hard-line stance on Gibraltar.

Fabian Picardo said Spanish foreign minister Jose Garcia-Margallo was being belligerent when he suggested that a 50 euro (£43.40) fee could be imposed on vehicles entering or leaving its border with the British Mediterranean outpost.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "What we have seen this weekend is sabre-rattling of the sort that we haven't seen for some time.

"The things that Mr Garcia-Margallo has said are more reminiscent of the type of statement you'd hear from North Korea than from an EU partner."

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