MEPs vote to exclude Gibraltar Airport from common aviation rules Single European Sky membership
"This vote bring to mind the on-going campaign by the Spanish government to strangle economically the people of Gibraltar - all with the silent acquiescence of the EU institutions." - UKIP MEP William Dartmouth
•"MEPs voted by 355 to 260 to exclude Gibraltar from the Single European Sky meaning that the airport is laboured with all the duties but is not rewarded with the normal rights that airports get. This will have potentially disastrous consequences for all those who wish to fly into and out of Gibraltar airport.
"It is harmful to Gibraltar airport and demonstrates a petty and vindictive campaign against British interests in the European Parliament," said UKIP MEP for England South West and Gibraltar William Dartmouth.
MEP Dartmouth added, "I would now call on the British Government in the Council to stop this measure having effect. Gibraltar should not be excluded and discriminated against simply because it is British and hated by those hostile to Britain in the European Parliament.
"This vote does bring to mind the on-going campaign by the Spanish government to strangle economically the people of Gibraltar - all this with the silent acquiescence of the EU institutions."
The Single European Sky initiative (SES) was launched in 2000, bringing air traffic management and navigation services under the common transport policy and is currently active in 38 states.
UKIP and Conservative MEPs voted against the legislative resolution as a whole, while the LibDems abstained and Labour MEPs voted in favour.