Spain to ‘suffer consequences’ of new Brexit visa law as British tourists book elsewhere

Spain: British tourists to ‘look elsewhere’ over expat laws says expert

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British tourists could lead a backlash against Spain’s new visa laws which have come into force following Brexit. Under new measures set out by Madrid, long-term British tourists who do not hold a visa are limited to stays of 90 days within a given 180 day period. However, Brexiteer Joshua Mackenzie-Lawrie believes these new visa regulations could backfire on the EU and Spain, leading holidaymakers to “look elsewhere” when it came to booking trips this Summer.

Ther Senior Research Executive at Get Britain Out told Express.co.uk: “Wether the actual policing of things and the 90 days that people stay. When it comes down to it it is down to the Spanish border police to make those decisions.

“If the consistency is that the people are being turned away, rejected from entering Spain then Brits will look elsewhere to go on holiday.

“Or look elsewhere to buy properties abroad.

“Alicante and that whole area of Spain will sufferer the consequences of that.”

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Mr Mackenzie-Lawrie continued: “The UK has very much approached this as friends and partners but the EU has completely gone the other way and is trying to consistently undermine the UK on the global stage.

“Undermine UK citizen’s rights in the EU and it is not even just about people going on holiday it is about the people who live there already, they have the right to stay.

“And whether they have the right access to open bank accounts, all these sorts of things, healthcare, trains, driving licences.

“Things that they need in order to make a living and if those things are being cut off then not just people from the UK but people from around the world may head up saying okay then we are not going to try and work in Spain and the European Union, if they are going to behave in this way to third countries.”

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Brexiteers lashed out at Spain and accused the country of being “vindictive” over the rights of British nationals living within Europe.

He told Express.co.uk: “In reality, it comes down to a degree of lazy behaviour from the European Union and a vindictive approach to try and punish the UK on any front.

“Whereas of course, the UK wanted to have a much more welcoming and a relationship based on friends and partners as Boris Johnson would like to say.

“But clearly the European Union isn’t the same.”

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Under the Withdrawal Agreement, residency rights of Britons living in Spain before January 1, 2021 are automatically protected.

The Foreign Office has been encouraging those British nationals who are covered under the agreement to register their residency if they have not already done so.

A UK Government spokesperson said: “The rights of UK nationals to continue living, working and studying in their EU Member State are protected by law. Anyone legally resident before 1 January 2021 can stay but should register their residence.

“The UK Government has been running a public information campaign across Europe to inform UK nationals about the actions they may need to take to secure their rights and access to services. This includes outreach events, adverts on social media and in newspapers, and support through our network of Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.”

 

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