SPAIN supports UK Prime Minister’s bid to win fair deal for expats.
Prime Minister Theresa May has been battling to secure commitment from EU member states in regard to the rights of UK nationals living as expatriates after Brexit.
May has stood her ground, adamant she cannot offer a similar guarantee for EU nationals in the UK until those protections for UK nationals are agreed upon.
Her attempts to secure an early agreement on the issue were rebuffed late last year by German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council president Donald Tusk.
As the ten-day countdown until the Article 50 due date begins, there now appears to be a breakthrough on the issue to put the minds of UK national expatriates living in Spain at rest.
Spain has voiced its support for a mutual agreement and has backed ‘in principle’ a common agreement for EU and UK nationals living abroad.
The country’s EU secretary Jorge Toledo, who will lead Madrid’s negotiations over Brexit, told The Times: ‘We are broadly in favour of retaining a reciprocal agreement on questions like healthcare and freedom of movement.’
‘As regards the rights of EU citizens in the UK and the rights of UK citizens in the EU, Spain is in favour of the amplest respect of these rights in the future but the modalities and conditions will and should be a matter of negotiation.’