UK expats in Spain given hope by Spanish acting PM

Published:  14 Oct at 6 PM
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After a meeting with Theresa May, the Spanish acting prime minister told British expats to keep calm and wait for results.

Mariano Rajoy yesterday attended a working lunch with Theresa May in which the plight of Spaniards living in the UK and British expats in Spain was discussed. Although no press conference was held after the meeting, a written statement issued from Rajoy’s official residence after the lunch confirmed Spain was readying to support the interests of its nationals in the UK and, by the same token, the interests of British businesses and expats in Spain.

The press release urged all British companies, UK expats and the millions of annual visitors to Spain to keep calm as the Spanish government is dedicated to defending the interests of all those affected by Brexit. The acting PM, it said, is determined to preserve the existing friendly and close relationship with Britain.

The press release did not mention the thorny problem of Gibraltar, but made much of Rajoy’s strong opposition to Scotland’s possible independence from the UK. Spain, it continued, gives its full support to the UK’s integrity and will not allow any displays of secessionism as regards Britain’s exit form the European Union.

Mr Rajoy is due to fight for his job for the third time in Spain’s December election, and his comment on Scotland’s struggle for independence came as a Scottish bill was presented in an effort to pave the way for another independence referendum. Rajoy is believed to be concerned that Scottish independence could strengthen Catalonia’s push for full autonomy, thus breaking up modern Spain.
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