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EU warns Spain against imposing Gibraltar tax

GIBRALTAR — The European Commission said Monday it hopes Britain and Spain will be able to resolve their latest dispute over Gibraltar by themselves but warned that Spanish threats to impose a border tax would be illegal.

European Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said the entry tax suggested by Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo was not official but that ‘‘any tax or fees imposed at the border of a member state will be illegal under EU law. Illegal. Not in line with EU law.’’

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