Gib MEPs condemn illegal Spanish trade-ban

28-Aug-2013 @ 17:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

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The three Conservative MEPs representing Gibraltar today reacted angrily to news that Spain has banned exports of building materials to The Rock as part of the escalating border row there.

They said the move was "illegal and illogical" and would harm Spanish citizens more than Gibraltarians.

Giles Chichester, Ashley Fox and Julie Girling, who represent the South West and Gibraltar in the European Parliament, were speaking after the Gibraltar government announced that Spain was "denying export permission" for rock, sand and aggregate destined for building projects.

In a joint statement, they said: "Spain must realise that this posturing will get them nowhere. It is time the bullying stopped. Their latest attempt to cause disruption is not only illegal, it is also illogical.

"Like most desperate and erratic governments they will only end up damaging their own citizens. These exports doubtless provide a very valuable source of income to part of Southern Spain which is even more stricken by unemployment and debt than others.

"If Madrid keeps up the export ban, Gibraltar will simply buy its materials elsewhere. Morocco is less than 10 miles away across the Straits of Gibraltar, and it has no apparent shortage of sand or rocks."
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