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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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PM urges EU to send monitors to Spain-Gibraltar border

The Prime Minister has called on the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to urgently send a team of monitors to Gibraltar's border with Spain to collect evidence of Spanish border checks he said broke EU law.

Prime Minister David Cameron with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Credit: Andrew Winning/PA Wire

David Cameron's spokesman said: "We believe that the European Commission, as guardian of the treaties, should investigate the issue," adding that the extra Spanish checks were "politically motivated and disproportionate".

The spokesman added: "President Barroso responded that the European Commission are closely monitoring the situation and that, following a thorough legal assessment, they would not hesitate to take any measures necessary to uphold EU law."

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