The Canary Islands propose that a special treatment be negotiated for the ORs before Brexit

The Minister of Economy of the Canary Islands, Pedro Ortega, has today proposed to the central government that a “specific treatment” be negotiated in the EU for the outermost regions (RUP) before Brexit, at least during the transition period, “so that the Collateral damage is kept to a minimum.

Ortega has raised this proposal at the meeting held today by the Vice President of the Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, with representatives of the autonomous communities to inform them about the status of the negotiation of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union,

Speaking at the end of the meeting, the Canarian counselor thanked the Government for “continuity in information”, which allows the communities to prepare for the effects of Brexit.

Thus, he recalled that “almost 10 percent of the Canarian GDP is British tourism, so the importance is great.”

“We are already affected by the depreciation of the pound, so at this time we have to be vigilant so that the effects are as least damaging as possible,” he stressed.

Sáenz de Santamaría today chaired the Conference for Matters Related to the EU (CARUE), in which the regional officials learned the details of the negotiations that, for the time being, focus on ensuring the rights of the citizens most affected by Brexit , determine the bill that the United Kingdom will have to pay and decide the future of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The meeting, which was held at the Secretary of State for Territorial Administrations in Madrid, was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, and representatives of other ministries.

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For their part, the regional representatives have expressed their concern about how Brexit could affect their exports to the United Kingdom, an issue that will not be seen in this first phase of the negotiations.

The meeting took place a few days before the vice president offers a lunch to the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, who will be in Spain next Thursday.

For her part, the general director of Institutional Relations and European Affairs from Castile-La Mancha, Virginia Marco, has assured that Brexit has not affected “for the moment” exports from Castilla-La Mancha to the United Kingdom, mainly drinks, chairs, furniture, lamps and electrical appliances.

Marco has pointed out that the exports of his community represent 1.53 percent of the total Spanish products sold to the United Kingdom, according to 2015 data.

Despite the fact that the pound sterling has been devalued by 15 percent, Marco has stressed that “there is no data that the situation in terms of exports has worsened” in the community.

“We will be attentive because there are some autonomous communities that are already seeing their exports decrease by some percentage,” he said.

The Minister of Citizen and Institutional Relations of Navarra, Ana Ollo, has also expressed her concern about commercial exchanges in Navarra, one of the “most sensitive” in commercial matters since the products of the regional community represent 3.1 percent of total Spanish exports to the United Kingdom.

For this reason, he has pointed out the importance of reaching a “good agreement” that does not include tariffs, at least in the most important sectors of the trade balance, such as agri-food products and the automotive industry.

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Despite this, Ollo explained that these weeks “intense negotiations” are taking place to reach the first agreement with the United Kingdom, after which there will be a transition period in which more precise negotiations will begin on the issues that concern the United Kingdom. the autonomies.