MEP speaks out over Gibraltar row
The British Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson hit out at the "intemperate" comments of Spain's foreign minister on the row over Gibraltar, during the parliament's daily voting session on 10 September 2013.
Sir Graham, whose South West England constituency also covers Gibraltar said he wanted the European Parliament to send "a message of solidarity to Gibraltarians and a message of dismay at the comments of [foreign minister] Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo".
Mr Garcia-Margallo spoke out during the summer, saying: "Gibraltar is, has been and will be a national priority".
The Spanish authorities increased checks at the Gibraltar border in August, leading to lengthy delays.
Gibraltar said the increased checks came after it dropped 74 concrete blocks into the sea next to its territory to create an artificial reef.
The territory has claimed the reef will encourage sea life to flourish, but the Spanish said the blocks would disrupt waters used by its fishing boats.
When MEPs moved on to the series of votes, they voted to:
- approve an amendment of an EU regulation on the protection of juveniles of marine organisms
- pass new laws on property rights for international couples
- amend and approve various non-legislative reports by European Parliament committees
- pass laws on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings
- approve in principle the mortgage credit directive, subject to last minute negotiations on a few technical issues
- pass new market abuse laws
- adopt a report on the EU's internal energy market
- adopt a report by the Internal Market Committee on online gambling in the internal market.
The votes were followed by MEPs offering explanations for the way in which they voted.
The European Parliament's disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations can be found here.
Read Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work here.
A full speaker's list can be found here.