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Gibraltar row heats up over export ban

BY DAVID WILCOCK

SPAIN has been accused of introducing an export ban on construction materials destined for Gibraltar.

The government of the British Overseas Territory said its neighbour was "denying export permission" for rock, sand and aggregate destined for building projects.

It threatened legal action and an official complaint to the European Commission if the "illegal and anti-European" restrictions were not lifted.

It came as Foreign Secretary William Hague met Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo in London to discuss the continuing border row with Spain.

The two met to start a series of discussions including "the unacceptable delays at the Spanish/Gibraltar border", the Foreign Office said.

The export ban is the latest move in the row over an artificial reef sunk in Gibraltar waters which prompted Spain to introduce border checks on traffic.

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