THE delays to the border at Gibraltar has been going on for weeks, with some visitors waiting up to six hours just to get through passport control.
Images sent from the border show old and young sitting in hot cars, in heat of up to 35c, with nothing to eat and drink – and the UK is angry. Threatening to sue because Spanish action breached European Union law.
Boris Jonson, Mayor of London, stepped into the row this morning by claiming that the tensions are “politically motivated” and a diversionary tactic to the Barcenas/Rajoy scandal.
Speaking to the Telegraph he said; “Forget all this palaver about a few concrete blocks that have been dumped in the sea. That isn’t why the Spanish are going back to the Franco-style blockade. This isn’t a row about fish. I am afraid that this is a blatant diversionary tactic by Madrid, and though it would be ludicrous to compare the Rajoy government with the tyranny of General Galtieri and his invasion of the Falklands, the gambit is more or less the same.”
Last week Number 10 claimed David Cameron had secured a promise from his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, to scale down the border controls, but the Spaniards immediately contradicted Britain’s version of events.
Even today people were waiting up to three hours to pass into the UK overseas territory.