Spain considers fee for Gibraltar border crossing

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Amongst all the recent problems, Spain is now considering a €50 fee to cross its border with Gibraltar.

Reportedly, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Magallo has said that the proceeds would “help fishermen affected by the destruction of fishing grounds”. These comments have allegedly concerned the UK Foreign office.

Britain has governed Gibraltar for the last 300 years but Spain has constantly disputed the UK sovereignty.

The minister was also reported to have said that Spanish tax authorities may launch an investigation into Gibraltar property who owners who own their property in parts of Spain. Spain is also considering closing off its airspace so online gaming companies for example operating in British overseas territory have to use Spanish servers. This will then come under the jurisdiction of Madrid’s taxation regime.

“We are concerned by today’s comments on Gibraltar, which we are looking into further” said a spokeswoman from the UK foreign office. “As we have said, we will not compromise on our sovereignty over Gibraltar, nor our commitment to its people. We continue to use all necessary measures to safeguard British sovereignty,” she continued.

 

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  1. So we just charge a fifty pound surcharge to every tourist who leaves the U.K. bound for a holiday in Spain!

    That would more than compensate for the losses paid to the Spanish authorities (perhaps the Spanish charges could be reimbursed?), and would severely dent Spanish tourism figures when holidaymakers decide to stay in the U.K. rather than pay the surcharge.

    There are many ways to skin a cat…(Homer J. Simpson)

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