This has a EU heavy hand print…..
Spain ramps up border checks with Gibraltar under Schengen move as tensions tighten over Brexit
- Britain and its territories are not part of the Schengen agreement, whose 26 signatories have also scrapped internal border controls
- Spain: EU citizens should carry biometric documents to cross Schengen’s external borders
- Spain ceded The Rock to Britain in 1713 but wants it back
- Gibraltar accused Spain of causing traffic jams due to tightened border controls
Spain said today it had stepped up border controls with Gibraltar under a scheduled move by the EU‘s Schengen zone.
The announcement comes amid rising friction over the British territory caused by Brexit.
The interior ministry said it had intensified controls at the crossing point to Gibraltar, a rocky outcrop in Spain’s southern tip, in line with rules introduced on Friday for boosting security on the Schengen perimeter.
Britain and its territories are not part of the Schengen agreement, whose 26 signatories have also scrapped internal border controls.
‘The Spanish authorities have taken timely measures to limit the inconvenience that stronger controls may cause, thanks to new technological systems and additional personnel at the busiest points,’ the interior ministry said in a statement.
It recommended that for ease of passage, EU citizens carry biometric documents – which are readable by machines – to cross Schengen’s external borders, which include La Linea de la Concepcion bordering Gibraltar.