By John Smith • 10 November 2019 • 22:00
THE leader of the right wing Vox political party Santiago Abascal tweeted that Spain should close the border with Gibraltar in protest at the UK’s decision to review a 59 page European arrest warrant for Catalan activist Clara Ponsati who now lives in Scotland.
Jose Romo who heads the party in La Linea responded alongside many others by tweeting that rather than make such comments Abascal should visit the town for himself and discover why it suffered 30 per cent unemployment.
He went on to say that it would be more constructive to try to attract work and investment to the entire campo rather than resort to the old call for the closing of the border.
Other local political leaders followed suit and the PSOE said that it would back any official rejection by the local council including having the Vox leader declared ‘persona non grata’ in La Linea.
In the meantime, the warrant has been returned to Spain for clarification although Ms Ponsati is expected to report to the Scottish police on November 14 when she may be arrested although she has vowed to fight extradition.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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