‘Over 17 million Brits come to Spain yearly and plenty of of them reside right here or retire right here and we wish to hold it that approach as a lot as doable’
Expats will likely be allowed to proceed residing in Spain even when Britain leaves the European Union with out putting a withdrawal deal, the nation’s international minister has stated.
Spain is host to the biggest variety of British residents residing within the EU (308,805) and simply over a 3rd (101,045) are aged 65 and over, in line with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.
Theresa Could is going through stress from some Tories to go away the EU with out an settlement so Britain can free itself from Brussels rules, keep away from a expensive “divorce invoice” and take what some see as full benefit of the advantages of Brexit.
Mr Dastis’s feedback could also be seized upon by Brexiteer Tories as proof no deal Brexit is a workable answer.
The minister advised BBC One’s Andrew Marr Present: “I do hope that there will likely be a deal. If there is no such thing as a deal we are going to make it possible for the lives of extraordinary people who find themselves in Spain, the UK individuals, just isn’t disrupted. As you realize, the connection between the UK and Spain is a really shut one when it comes to financial relations and in addition social exchanges.
“Over 17 million Brits come to Spain yearly and plenty of of them reside right here or retire right here and we wish to hold it that approach as a lot as doable.”
The Prime Minister is continuous to barter so-called withdrawal points with the EU, together with expats’ rights, a monetary settlement and the Irish border.
Solely when “ample progress” is made in these areas will Brussels chief negotiator Michel Barnier suggest that EU leaders give the inexperienced gentle to talks on a future buying and selling relationship.