Brits will be allowed to continue living in Spain even if there’s a ‘no deal’ Brexit, according to the country’s foreign minister.
Alfonso Dastis confirmed expats would not be thrown out even if terms had not been agreed when the UK left the European Union.
‘If there is no deal we will make sure that the lives of ordinary people who are in Spain, the UK people, is not disrupted,’ he told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show.
‘As you know, the relationship between the UK and Spain is a very close one in terms of economic relations and also social exchanges.
‘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.’
Mr Dastis added he hoped there would be a deal.
But his announcement may actually make this harder as Brexiteer Tories could use it as a way to convince Prime Minister Theresa May a ‘no deal’ is workable.
The Conservative leader is still continuing to push for an agreement that would cover expats’ rights and a financial settlement, among other contentious issues.
Spain has the highest amount of British expats in the EU living in the country, with an estimated 308,805 making the country their home.