Josep Borrell.
Josep Borrell. / Migue Fernández

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

  • Josep Borrell, minister of Foreign Affairs, had a reassuring message for British residents in Spain when he visited Malaga on Friday

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 on 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 them [British residents in Spain] at all".

"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 of Brits or Spaniards, are a fundamental part of the Brexit negotiations," he said. He said 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.