British expats risk driving ban in Spain after Brexit delays

British expats in Spain are said to face a driving ban after the government failed to reach a post-Brexit deal on licensing rules.

From Sunday, British nationals who have lived in the EU country for more than six months will no longer be able to use their DVLA issued licenses.

UK residents will need to obtain a Spanish license to drive and may need to re-take a driving test until a deal is agreed.

The change will not affect holidaymakers visiting the country, who can still use their UK driving licence.

A British government source told the Mail on Sunday the situation was seen as temporary, while the Foreign Office said it was pushing to “speed up talks” with the Spanish government.

“It could last a week or longer. It should be temporary, but we don’t know how much,” the source said.

“Despite the efforts of the government, no agreement has yet been reached”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Despite the best efforts of the UK Government, an agreement to swap UK driving licenses for Spanish licenses has not yet been reached.

“From May 1, UK license holders who have been resident in Spain for more than six months and who have not exchanged their license during the transition period will no longer be able to drive legally in Spain.

“It does not affect visiting or tourist motorists from the UK or Gibraltar.

“We have agreed to rapidly accelerate the talks and urge the Spanish government to offer interim measures.

“We remain committed to reaching an agreement and the UK already has similar agreements in place with 24 other EU countries. »

Until now, UK residents in Spain could use their DVLA-issued licenses to move around.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, criticized Spain for the delay, telling the newspaper it was a case of “manana, manana” and saying it was “time they do what they agreed.

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