Last quote about Gibraltar
All quotes about Gibraltar
It is not acceptable, what's been happening to the people of Gibraltar, in terms of the delays and other things that they've faced, and I made that point clear. Of course there is a fishing dispute between Gibraltar and Spain, that needs to be settled, and we agree that should be settled, but it's not right to escalate this in the way that has been done, and I made that very clear to the Spanish Prime Minister. We agreed our foreign ministers would speak, and try to resolve these issues, but I'm very clear that Britain will always stand up for the people of Gibraltar.
I think the way not to deal with international disputes is to create queues at borders which affect the elderly, the infirm and the young. I think the right thing to do is to either go to the international tribunal that are established for that purpose and I challenged Spain at the UN in October to take issues with Gibraltar to an international court or enter into political dialogue.
The number of ships passing through Gibraltar reaches 120 per day. This fact, the intensity of traffic, presents the main difficulty for us.
There is a written agreement and what the government is doing is carrying out thorough checks against smuggling and fiscal fraud.
The European Commission is calling on member states to take further measures to better address the challenges of the management of the crossing point at La Linea de la Concepcion.
It is true that immigration is an important issue for the Mediterranean, but these days the Maghreb countries are seeing African immigrants crossing their land to get to Tangier or Gibraltar..but there are other problems connected to immigration.