Spanish gov't says ready to face all Brexit outcomes, including no deal
Spanish Government Spokesperson and Education Minister, Isabel Celaa, during a press conference held at the end of a Cabinet meeting at La Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 11, 2019. EPA-EFE/Angel Diaz
Madrid Jan 11 (efe-epa).- Spain's government on Friday said it was ready to confront the repercussions of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, including a no-deal scenario, in order to guarantee the rights of British and Spanish citizens.
Isabel Celaá, spokesperson for the Socialist Party (PSOE) government, told a press conference that the best outcome would be an orderly withdrawal from the bloc. Nonetheless, Spain also had a contingency plan should the UK's prime minister, Theresa May, fail to get her Brexit plan through parliament when it is submitted to a vote slated for Jan. 15.
"The Spanish government is prepared for all scenarios," Celaá said, adding that the executive wanted to send a message of calm to economic and institutional leaders.
The contingency plan included legal, logistical and technical measures designed to protect the interests of Spanish and British citizens as well as trade flows, Celaá added.
The government is set to approve a decree in February to address issues for British residents in Spain, including social security and access to health care.
May, leader of the Conservative Party minority government, faced an uphill struggle getting her Brexit plan past lawmakers in the House of Commons, the lower chamber of the UK's parliament.
Should she fail, the government would have to publish a so-called Plan B Brexit plan within three days.
The UK is due to leave the bloc on Mar. 29.