! Murcia Today – Spain Wants Deal With Uk On Gibraltar And Driving Licences Similar To Before Brexit

Release date: 09/19/2022

Sources in Spain’s Foreign Ministry say they trust Liz Truss to provide a post-Brexit deal that will benefit expats living in both countries

Spain wants agreements with Great Britain on Gibraltar and driving licenses similar to those before Brexit

Diplomatic sources in Spain explained to the EFE press agency that Anglo-Spanish relations have two levels: one at the community level, where “it will be difficult to have a healthy relationship if the Brexit deal is not fulfilled” and the bilateral one level that particularly affects the many citizens living in both countries.

The sources stressed that Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss was “flexible in the good sense of the word” and hoped that reaching an agreement on Brexit and Gibraltar would be “less flashy and vehement” than with her predecessor Boris Johnson.

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However, they recalled that Truss, who had taken over the leadership of the country just a few weeks ago, “embodies the spirit of Brexit”, so no major changes in the London discourse are to be expected.

Still, sources warned that an agreement must be found as soon as possible as the current measures are “temporary and conditional” and “may not provide a stable framework” for a lasting relationship.

“In terms of free movement, we want equal rights for those who were already living here before Brexit. And for those who have arrived post-Brexit, we want the situation to be similar to what it was before Brexit, for example with the recognition of driving licences,” they added.

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So far, however, they have ruled out setting a definitive timeframe for such an agreement.

In addition to mobility, the Spanish government sees security, defense and trade policy as the three pillars of future bilateral relations.

New Spanish consulate in London

The sources also indicated that “very soon” the opening of a new Spanish consulate in London could be announced to replace the previous one, which has been heavily criticized by the Spanish community in the UK and whose workers have been on strike for weeks over a wage dispute, which causing visa and travel problems for many Britons wishing to travel to Spain.

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“Between now and the summer we hope that everything is finalized and that we can announce the location before then,” they explained, adding that there is a €60 million digitization plan in place thanks to EU recovery funds that will do so will serve to modernize Spain’s consular services.

And the sources explained that Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares has arranged to meet his new counterpart, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, for their first bilateral meeting as part of the forthcoming Spanish-British talks.

Image: Liz Truss / Twitter

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