Following a phone call with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has offered to “reduce measures” at the Gibraltar border says a statement from Number Ten.
David Cameron is said to have had a conversation with Mariano Rajoy which was needed after all the problems with the border checks and the British ambassador filing a formal protest.
Mariano Rajoy has reportedly repeated during the exchange of the Prime Ministers that the creation of the artificial reef was “unacceptable” which then caused David Cameron to express his concern over the retaliation from Spain. The border checks caused major delays for tourists as well as locals.
The move was made after Gibraltar dropped concrete blocks into the bay creating an artificial reef claiming it would encourage sea life. The latest news is that Spain is now considering a €50 fee to cross the border.
After trying to ease tensions on the phone, David Cameron took to Twitter saying: “Constructive call with Spain’s PM Rajoy. I made clear my concerns re Gibraltar and that our position on sovereignty won’t change”.
Mariano Rajoy has claimed that during the ten minutes that the two have spoken on the phone, he has come to the conclusion that the two countries should solve their disagreements with “honesty” it is reported.
One thing is for sure; both sides do not want to damage UK-Spanish relations.