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Now Spain Considers Levying 50 Euro Tax On Vehicles Entering Or Leaving Gibraltar As Tourists Continue To Swelter In Queues At Border

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2384407/Now-Spain-considers-levying-50-euro-tax-vehicles-entering-leaving-Gibraltar-tourists-continue-swelter-queues-border.html

The Foreign Office today voiced 'concern' over comments from Spain's Foreign Minister, which appear to suggest a new hard line on Gibraltar from the Madrid government.

Speaking to the Spanish newspaper ABC, Jose Garcia-Margallo criticised the conciliatory stance taken towards the British Mediterranean outpost under the previous Socialist regime, and warned: 'The party is over.'

Mr Garcia-Margallo suggested that a 50 euro (£43.40) fee could be imposed on every vehicle entering or leaving the Rock through its border post with Spain.

Clearly the only option is to invade Spain and remove these nutters from power.

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Just levy the same charge on persons entering the UK on a Spanish passport. They can go tit for tat, piss off millions of British tourists and see how their fragile economy copes with that.

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Posturing that is all this is.

A levy would be nothing more than an import tariff illegal within the EU.....

Mostly Spaniards trying to cross anyway for work or trade on the colony. They will pi$$ their own people off the most.

Ex Pats are used to this sort of thing and tend not to try and get caught up with it.

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Just deflecting people's attention away from more serious issues.

Got caught up in the queue last weekend, put up with it for an hour then pulled out and spent the night in a hotel - nice dinner and a few drinks overlooking the straits. Crossed early the next morning no probs.

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The Spanish should threaten to default on their loans if we don't give them Gibraltar back.

That would set the catalan among the pigeons.

Look up "el caganer" on the Internet! It;'s basically a peasant having a dump in a nativity scene! Very Catalan! :blink:

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naah.tha mad mullahs are going to do that, italy too.

if spain pisses britain off too much then I suspect protection under the NATO umbrella will be going out the window.

likewise with most of the EU to be frank.

I think a northern Euro with ourselves,france,germany and scandinavia would still be do-able, but it's still highly probable we sod off altogether and go across the pond(my preferred option actually)...until these guys have sorted out their fascism v bolshevism debacle once and for all.

given that the two factions absolutely hate each others guts,and have merely teamed up for convenience"the enemy of the enemy is my friend etc"...and both are using the muslims as patsies

if radical islam thinks it's going to get a look-in at world domination.......sorry, no chance.

islam is being used as cannon fodder in a proxy war ,and when the puppet masters behind have achieved their objective, it will be terminated is just as viscious fashion as they plan to bump off the anglo saxons.

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http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spain-levies-consumption-tax-on-sunlight.html#iA0lFYyFQM3b7fuw.99

The Secretary of State for Energy, Alberto Nadal, signed a draft royal decree in which consumption taxes are levied on those who want to start solar power systems on their rooftops. The tax, labeled a "backup toll" is high enough to ensure that it will be cheaper to keep buying energy from current providers.

Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/07/spain-levies-consumption-tax-on-sunlight.html#93t3w8oMIr2UVAwZ.99

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Gib is not part of Schengen.

Spanish are saying concrete blocks were laid to hinder Spanish fishing boats.

If that were true (and they'd drawn a blank trying to be reasonable) I'd expect them to go for a ruling in an international forum, probably the European Court of Justice.

As it stands, I hope our own government holds the moral high ground, and goes to the court rather than tit-for-tat if Spain doesn't back down. Though if it's as simple as is being reported, I expect they will.

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It is the 300th Anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht this year which may explain why this has all kicked off at the moment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Utrecht

Of course, it is worth pointing out that the Spanish are complete hypocrites over Gibraltar as they have their own enclaves in North Africa at Ceuta and Melilla to which the Moroccans have a claim that the Spanish refuse to recognise (ironically using exactly the same reasons the British deploy about Gibraltar)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceuta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melilla

Historically Gibraltar has been ruled by the Moors (711-1492) and the British (1713 -2013) for longer than it was controlled by Spain (1492-1713)

One might argue that the Islamic world has a better claim to Jabal Tāriq (the Mountain of Tariq) than the King of Spain.

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the Moroccans have a claim that the Spanish refuse to recognise (ironically using exactly the same reasons the British deploy about Gibraltar)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceuta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melilla

...and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pe%C3%B1%C3%B3n_de_V%C3%A9lez_de_la_Gomera

I completely agree that the Spanish hypocracy is laughable but the people of Gibraltar need to chill out a little. The border is no different from any other non-Schengen border. I've been across the Hungary-Romanian border many times, the difference being is that not everyone descends on it at 17:30 everyday to go home in Spain.

The people have to be either British or Spanish because it's too small and it's only because the British let them do whatever they want (launder dirty money for example). Being Spanish is not so bad. About 3/4 all speak Spanish in the street anyway.

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...and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pe%C3%B1%C3%B3n_de_V%C3%A9lez_de_la_Gomera

I completely agree that the Spanish hypocracy is laughable but the people of Gibraltar need to chill out a little. The border is no different from any other non-Schengen border. I've been across the Hungary-Romanian border many times, the difference being is that not everyone descends on it at 17:30 everyday to go home in Spain.

The people have to be either British or Spanish because it's too small and it's only because the British let them do whatever they want (launder dirty money for example). Being Spanish is not so bad. About 3/4 all speak Spanish in the street anyway.

You live in Spain?

Being Spanish for a lot of people is really quite sh#te at the moment.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/10225793/Spain-must-allow-smooth-and-efficient-border-crossings-with-Gibraltar-Brussels-warns.html

It also announced on Tuesday that it plans to send a team of EU officials to the Spanish-Gibraltar border to carry out "on-the-spot verification" of searches and other delays at the scene.

But this "technical mission" was unlikely to begin until September or even October, said a spokesman.

The EU is now going to get involved or it should do once everyone has had their holidays.

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We always seem to behave reserved and level heading in these sort of situations, I suppose it is the best way.

If I was in charge I'd put a £200 tax on flights to Spain and make flights to Portugal and Greece tax free, until I

realised everything going on in Gibralta was to avoid paying fair dues to the UK tax authority.

At which point I wouldn't resign, I would announce a clamp down on overseas gambling and put on an angry face

whilst threatening to block internet sites etc,. The gambling sites would then make an unsolicited payment into

the bank account in Switzerland of my recent daughter in law.

I would then not mention it again.

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