THE British Government has made a formal complaint to Spain in a row over police checks which continue to cause lengthy queues at the border.
Angry officials claim the ‘disproportionate’ checks breach freedom of movement legislation, with motorists subjected to delays of up to five hours at the frontier.
British and Spanish ministers met on Monday at a scheduled meeting as part of the Foreign Affairs Council, where the latest spat over the Rock is believed to have been raised.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo had urged London to ‘protest at the highest level’, while a Foreign Office spokesman confirmed that the Spanish Government had been contacted about the issue.
“Each day that passes a different excuse is wielded out in a futile attempt to justify such actions that are contrary to EU freedoms,” said Picardo.
Gibraltar Government has confirmed it will also be making a formal complaint to Madrid about an incursion into British waters by a Spanish naval vessel.