EXCLUSIVE: Ambassador Hugh Elliott Says Next Announcement Will Reveal DATE for License Agreement to Take Effect

EXCLUSIVELY to Euro Weekly News At an event held by the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain in Madrid on Tuesday 24 January, the British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, said that the embassy’s next announcement on driving licenses will be to set the date when a new agreement will enter into force.

The British and Spanish governments have been in negotiations over whether UK citizens living in Spain can change their driving licenses after Brexit or have to take a test like other third-party citizens since 2020.

Hopes of a quick deal initially saw extensions in a deal to allow Brits to continue using their UK licenses in Spain while a deal was worked out. However, in May 2022, these extensions came to an end and the two governments have been negotiating ever since; a source of much hardship for many expats who have been left without the ability to drive in the meantime.

Now, Hugh Elliott has told EWN that his most recent meetings with the Foreign Office took place on Tuesday, January 24, and that this will be announced in the coming weeks.

He told EWN: “I was talking to the Foreign Office today about driving licences. The next announcement will be the date.

“Right now we are in the final stages.

“I can’t say I’m as eager to get this done as those who haven’t been able to drive during the negotiations because this hasn’t affected me the same way it has affected them, but I am very eager to get over the line. , in force, and allow the British to drive again.”

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