Spain jumps the gun?

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A few weeks ago, it seemed as though the EU had stepped in and persuaded France that it couldn’t agree a deal with the UK on allowing each other’s residents to visit. If that happened – and it hasn’t been confirmed – then it seems like the EU hasn’t involved itself in the announcement that Spain would let British residents in without having quarantine restrictions as from today.

Spain re-opens to Britons

Yesterday the Spanish foreign minister, Arancha González Laya told the BBC that Britons would be welcome and that the Spanish had made this gesture “out of respect” for the 400,000 Britons who have second homes in Spain. She was also quoted as saying that she hoped the 250,000 Spaniards living in the UK would also be free to travel on the same basis.

But there is the little matter of the 14 day quarantine rule that has been imposed by the UK government. That makes life difficult for any holidaymaker but maybe not so difficult for those who have second homes.

You could argue that the quarantine doesn’t really matter because the British government is looking for ways to drop the regulations. You could also say that the UK, France, Portugal Spain, Italy and Greece are negotiating to set up a travel corridor or travel bridge and an announcement will be made on June 29th to that effect.

Maybe all that’s happened in this announcement by the Spanish government is that they have jumped the gun. In doing so, they have grabbed headlines and given comfort both to the travel industry and to holidaymakers that they will be able to bask in the Canaries, the Balearics and the Costas this summer.

But what of EU solidarity? Haven’t we always been told that it’s all or nothing and that all 27 nations should have the same rights? Maybe there will be announcement on the 29th that all EU countries will all be open to British tourists this summer.

After all, what faster way is there of kick-starting a nation’s economy? And it is the economy that is worrying governments these days.

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