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British expats face further turmoil as Spain forces some to give up driving licences

24th May 21 4:06 pm

British nationals who live in Spain have had their driving licences rejected despite having submitted the correct paperwork and who also meet the post-Brexit requirements.

Some British nationals have been told by Spanish authorities that they must give up their driving

liecences despite some having started the applications during 2020.

The British embassy and the Spanish government revealed that people can register to change their licences prior to 31 December, 2020 then to complete their residency and must have had an appointment before 30 June this year.

Martin Brown who lives in Murcia told Olive Press, “I went through the process to register my intent in November because there weren’t any appointments available to do the exchange before the end of the year deadline.”

Brown added, “My residency application was made at the same time and I received confirmation that it was accepted on January 13 and made an appointment with the DGT on March 16.

“It’s shocking because we did absolutely everything we were supposed to do.

“We started the applications in plenty of time in November and followed all the instructions we were given.

“There was supposed to be a six-month grace period.

“It’s quite a blow because if we can’t drive legally then we are struck as there is only one bus a day in our town.

“This experience has tainted our view of Spain and we might have to consider going home.”

A UK Government spokesperson told Express.co.uk, “The rights of UK nationals to continue living, working and studying in Spain are protected by law.

“Anyone legally resident before 1 January 2021 can stay but should register their residence.

“For more information UK nationals should go to www.gov.uk/livinginspain.

“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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