Spain is planning its own treaty to allow British holidaymakers easy access to the country if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal next year.
The country’s tourism bosses are secretly making back-up plans to make sure tourists can fly to Spain without any problems after Brexit.
Deputy European affairs minister Jorge Toledo has pledged to secure an aviation deal between the two countries before any widespread travel disruption for UK tourists following Brexit.
He said Spain would arrange its own deal if an EU-wide agreement is not reached in time for the UK’s exit from the EU and vowed that British travellers would have no problems visiting the country’s holiday resorts, according to local media reports.
The government minister told Bloomberg: “If there isn’t an agreement, then we will have a plan B ready. It would be necessary to work on a European solution but also on a national-based solution.”
The bid to sort back-up plan is being led by officials from Tenerife, but other regions that rely on tourism, such as the Balearic Islands, have also submitted details for a scheme to help ensure smooth travel to Spain for UK tourists.
Local tourism authorities will also lobby the Spanish government to make sure regional economies are not hit by a potential loss of income.
Spain is still one of the most popular destinations in Europe for British holiday makers with a 12 per cent increase in visitors during the first half of 2017, with more than 36.4 million tourists arriving in the country from the UK.
The move has been welcomed by business owners who rely on tourism for much of their income.
Bar owner Paul O’Neill, who runs Sammys pub, in Magaluf, Majorca, said he was confident agreement would be reached.
“Whatever happens with Brexit, Brits will still want to visit Spain. We are still looking forward to a good summer.”