La Linea (The Line), as the name may suggest, lies on the border with the British overseas territory and has consequently seen a constant exchange of workers and services over the past decades.
But the current spat between the Spanish government and its diminutive neighbour has resulted in a drop in the numbers of Gibraltarians crossing “The Line” to shop and eat out.
Gemma Arujo, mayor of the Andalusian town, set up a helpdesk for local businessmen “to assess and deal with the financial losses that have developed because of the lack of Gibraltarians.”
“The people of Gibraltar are no longer drinking in our bars, eating at our restaurants and spending in our shops because they have to endure two-hour queues before,” Arujo told Spanish news agency Europa Press.
According to EFE, fishermen affected by the territorial waters dispute will not be able to receive advice from the advice office.