Britons living on the Costa del Sol "will not be affected by Brexit at all"

Joesp Borrell addressing delegates last Friday.
Joesp Borrell addressing delegates last Friday. / Migue Fernández
  • Spain's foreign minister, Josep Borrell, sent out a calming message while speaking at a conference on energy, security and environmental matters in Malaga last week

With the UK's exit from the European Union fast approaching, Spain's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, had a message of reassurance for British people resident in Spain, especially on the Costa del Sol, on his visit to Malaga last Friday.

Borrell, speaking at a conference for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at the Hotel Miramar, insisted that the Brexit process "will not affect [British residents in Spain] at all" and he called for calm.

"We have promised not to allow people to be used as hostages in the negotiations. Spain has made that very clear," he said.

The minister also stressed that this was an issue that worked both ways. "The rights of citizens, whether those Britons who live in Spain or Spaniards who live there, are a fundamental part of the Brexit negotiations," he said.

He added that those worried by Brexit could "rest assured" that the rights of the "hundreds of thousands of British people in Spain and the tens of thousands of Spaniards in the UK" would be the highest priority.

The meeting in Malaga focussed on discussing a common European policy on energy, security and the environment.

It brought together 170 specialist delegates and 15 ministers and deputy ministers from different European countries.