Spain has maintained its stance on the implementation of strict border controls between the nation and the British territory of Gibraltar, a spokesman for the foreign ministry told reports from Reuters. The argument between the two nations has been gradually stepping up over recent weeks and diplomatic tensions are heading closer to breaking point.
“The controls are not a right, they are an obligation,” the news agency was told.
Britain has already pledged its intention to take Spain to the European courts over what it calls deliberate and unacceptable instigation of delays at the border with Gibraltar. Locals, tourists and business travellers alike are facing increasingly sever queues at the border as immigration official carry out intensive checks and searches which according to the UK have been stepped up for no good reason whatsoever.
The Spanish government maintains its stance that the checks are necessary in order to ensure the prevention of smuggling and money-laundering, therefore refuses to back down despite growing international pressure.