Britons in Spain will be allowed to stay in event of 'no deal', says Spanish minister

  • Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis assured British expats living in Spain that their lives would be undisturbed in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
  • The foreign minister appeared on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ Sunday morning.
  • Spain hosts more Brits than any other EU country (308,805), according to the ONS.

Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has reassured British expats in Spain that they will be allowed to stay in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Dastis appeared on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’ Sunday morning and said that his government would ‘make sure’ that the lives of British people leaving in Spain would not be disrupted.

“As you know, the relationship between the UK and Spain is a very close one in terms of economic relations and also social exchanges,” the foreign minister said.

“Over 17 million Brits come to Spain every year and many of them live here or retire here and we want to keep it that way as much as possible.”

Dastis added that he did hope there would be a deal of some kind.

Spain is host to the largest number of British citizens living in the EU (308,805) and just over a third (101,045) are aged 65 and over, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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