Skip to comments.'Obsessive' Spain blocks Gibraltar's typhoon aid to Philippines
Posted on 12/25/2013 9:40:42 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin
British and Gibraltarian MPs have slammed Spain for blocking emergency food and aid from the Rock destined for the typhoon-hit Philippines.
Spain's customs officials delayed the departure of the 20-foot container packed with food, blankets, vitamins and drinking water until after Christmas.
The charity drive from Gibraltar wasnt allowed to enter Spain, where it was due to be shipped from the southern Spanish port city of Algerciras to the Red Cross in the Philippine capital of Manila.
European legislation doesnt allow us to import produce meant for human and animal consumption, Luis González, Spains Head of Customs Authorities in Gibraltars neighbouring Spanish town of La Línea, told The Telegraph.
The UKs Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell said the delay by Spanish authorities was politically driven, accusing them of acting in a hateful fashion.
Relations between Britain and Spain are at an all-time low over their continuing bullying of Gibraltar, Rosindell told the Telegraph.
We are fast reaching a point where Britain will have no choice but to show Madrid in a drastic way that their behaviour will not be tolerated.
It is disgusting that the poor people of the Philippines should now be made to suffer due to this Spanish obsession, he added.
MEP Graham Watson called the blockade of emergency aid to the typhoon-hit Philippines absolutely appalling and said he would be raising the matter with the EUs Home Affairs Comissioner Cecilia Malström.
The 700 worth of food and aid will be picked up directly from Gibraltar on December 29th, Spanish news agency Europa Press reported on Sunday.
Tensions between the tiny UK territory of Gibraltar and Spain have flared since Gibraltar began placing concrete blocks just off its shore in July, a move it said would improve fishing.
Spain said the blocks prevented Spanish fishing fleet from accessing traditional fishing grounds, and retaliated with thorough customs checks at the SpainGibraltar border. This led to long queues and plenty of diplomatic wrangling.
I thought the Eu was meant to solve all differences in europe. looks the opposite.
nah, meddlesome idiotic left brained bureaucrats are paid to EFF things up .so that’s what they do .world wide
Indeed, meet the bureaucrat, his life managed like a prostitute. Communism for ya.