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"Many Brits live or retire in Spain and we want to keep it that way as much as possible"

Dastis speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
Dastis speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. / SUR
  • Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis has promised that his government will ensure lives of Britons in Spain are not disrupted in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit

British people living in Spain will be allowed to stay in the country even if the event of a "no-deal" Brexit scenario, according to foreign minister Alfonso Dastis.

Dastis, speaking to Andrew Marr on British television on Sunday, said: "I do hope that there will be a [Brexit] deal. If there is no deal we will make sure that the lives of ordinary British people who are in Spain are not disrupted."

He went on to highlight the strength of ties between Spain and the UK, "in terms of economic relations and also social exchanges", with figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that Spain is host to the largest number of British citizens living in the EU (308,805). Just over a third of them are aged 65 and over.

With over 17 million Brits coming to Spain every year, Dastis made his government's intentions clear: "We want to keep it that way as much as possible."