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Spain's Brexit Commission to meet weekly to discuss strategy
08 September 2019 @ 21:38

SPAIN'S government is working hard to ensure the country, its British nationals and its citizens in the UK will suffer as few ill-effects as possible after Brexit, and especially in the event of a no-deal scenario – which is technically still possible, even though British Parliament intends to push through a law ruling this out.

President Pedro Sánchez had already enacted a law last November which came into force in March this year ahead of what would have been the Brexit deadline – midnight western European time on March 29, later moved to April 12 – to cover all possible contingencies, including protecting the rights of Brits residing in Spain to continue living and working in the country and accessing the national health system.

Sánchez's law also created terms which would allow airlines, ships and other forms of transport to continue entering and leaving Spain from the UK, and plans to help Spanish businesses based in Britain and those in Spain who export to or otherwise trade with the UK.

This week, the caretaking president has announced a Conference for Issues Relating to the European Union (CARUE), and confirmed it during the meeting today (Thursday) of the Interministerial Brexit Commission.

After today's discussion, Sánchez is confident Spain is 'prepared for dealing with the negative consequences of a no-deal Brexit', but wants to strengthen links between regional governments and the State in light of the possibility of the UK's leaving the European Union on October 31 without having first sealed an agreement with the remaining 27 member States.

Regional governments will each have their own concerns and potential solutions, based upon their connections, if any, with the UK, or the repercussions of a hard Brexit on them that effects felt nationwide may cause.



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