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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