Spain says to act on Gibraltar row unless talks with UK resume
MADRID (REUTERS) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday that he hoped for dialogue with Britain soon regarding Gibraltar, but added that until talks took place, his government would continue to consider unilateral measures to defend Spanish interests.
Tensions over Gibraltar - a British overseas territory that Spain also has claims to - flared up last week when Spain complained that an artificial reef being built by Gibraltar would block its fishing vessels.
"I hope that this doesn't go any further, but it's clear that Spain has to defend its national interest and that's what we're going to do," Mr Rajoy said to reporters after a meeting with Spain's King Juan Carlos in Mallorca.
Spain says it is considering measures such as a 50-euro (S$84) border fee for people entering Gibraltar from Spain, tax investigations of Gibraltarians with property in Spain and restrictions on use of its airspace for flights going to Gibraltar's airport.