Tenerife Government announces proposal
to maintain freedom and movement with Britain post-Brexit
THE president of the Island
of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, has announced that Tenerife and the Canaries are
leading a bid to maintain the freedoms between the islands and Britain post
BREXIT. The proposal will negotiate with both the Spanish and the EU Government
to ensure a deal is struck that will provide special conditions for the
Canaries, since it is an autonomous state from Spain.
The president explained:- "The aim is to maintain the existing conditions
and relations between the Canaries and the UK and therefore exclude the Canaries
and Tenerife of the effects of BREXIT. With the Canaries already benefiting from
special measures and exemptions in EU policies, including agricultural policies,
fiscal policies and commercial policies, because we are a small territory, very
far from the mainland. Our bid will maintain free movement, trade, services and
capital between the island and Britain, post Brexit and allow the islands to deal
with the UK as a 3rd party country."
The President also stated that as the British market is the largest source of
tourism for the island, the Canary Government, especially Tenerife, would like
to maintain:- "the fruitful relations with our British friends, based on
the strong historical linkages and in a rich social and economic relation which
we want to reinforce in the future."
Based on the specific provisions included in the EU treaty benefiting the
outermost regions, the President continued to explain:- "we are asking
that we be able to maintain the current framework we have with the UK, with free
movement of goods, of services (including tourism), of people and of capital,
which is in the mutual interest of both parties."
And so, they will start the process to submit their plans, to both the Spanish
Government and European institution to maintain their current deal with Britain.