Brexit LIVE: 'That's us screwed' Spain blasted as British expats hit with driving ban

From Sunday May 1, UK nationals who have lived in the EU country for more than six months will no longer be able to use their DVLA-issued licences and will need to obtain a Spanish licence to drive. The change will not affect holidaymakers visiting the country, who can still use their UK driving licence. Writing on the Facebook group, Brits in Spain, expat Ward Priestman said: “That’s us screwed, due to the pandemic our TIEs [Spanish Foreigner Identity Card] were delayed and we didn’t get them until the April after the deadline. I have no idea what we are going to do, we live up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere. Why on earth is this so hard?”

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Galileo blow: UK set for ‘incredible boost’ with alternative

The UK was kicked out of the EU’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), known as Galileo, when it left the bloc.

While this may have looked like a blow to the UK space sector, Rob Adlard, CEO of British aerospace company Gravitilab, said that the UK could see an “incredible boost” by funnelling money into an alternative.

He told Express.co.uk: “We do not have to be part of the EU to do any of these things.

“But there is a cost, there is a price tag attached to do it ourselves.

“It is not like you can leave the EU, not spend the money and be in the same position. You are not. You are going to be worse off unless we spend the money to do it ourselves.

“And we can do all of that, if we want to do an alternative system and have UK launch companies launch British satellites, that would be the most incredible boost to the industry”.

UK set for ‘incredible boost’ with alternative (Image: GETTY)

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Remainer attacks Brexit ‘conspiracy’

Former Conservative MP Anna Soubry has attacked a “conspiracy of silence” surrounding Brexit. 

Writing on Twitter, she said: “History will record the great conspiracy of silence – the complete shutting down of debate post Brexit.

“It results in the Chair of Asda Stuart Rose actually admitting in his analysis of the state of our economy (BBC1 this morning) he’s not allowed to mention Brexit. 

“The leaders of the Brexit campaign promised so much but they are not being held to account on why so little (if anything) has been delivered.

“No one seems even to question what harm Brexit is causing our economy.

“There’s silence too on the political fallout of Brexit.

“The Conservative party’s shifted to the right – a happy home for ideological nationalists.

“Many genuine One Nation Tories have left. A significant number of hugely able, moderate Conservative women MPs have left Parliament

“There’s a link between the debauched culture that’s prevalent in Parliament and the morally bankrupt character of Boris Johnson, the changes he’s encouraged in his party and the wholly dishonest Brexit campaign he led.

“It’s time political leaders stopped the conspiracy of silence about the damage Brexit has done to our country.

“Time they spoke truth to power and restored decency and competence in Parliament & politics in general.”

The leaders of the Brexit campaign promised so much but they are not being held to account on why so little (if anything) has been delivered. No one seems even to question what harm #Brexit is causing our economy.

u2014 Anna Soubry (@Anna_Soubry) May 1, 2022

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‘Thank God for Brexit’ former Thatcher aide slams EU’s ‘crazy’ army plan

Nile Gardiner, who worked as an aide to Margaret Thatcher from 2000 to 2002, has criticised the EU’s “crazy” idea to create an EU army. 

Ex-Belgian Prime Minister and Chair of the EU’s Brexit Steering Group Guy Verhofstadt revealed an EU army had become more likely following the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Conference attendees approved a “radical overhaul of the EU” which would see the bloc end unanimity, abolish the veto and even launch a “Joint Armed Forces of the Union”.

He said: “The EU’s crazy drive to be a supranational superstate with its own military and the suppression of national sovereignty.

“Thank God for Brexit, British self-determination and real freedom outside the European Union.”

The EU’s crazy drive to be a supranational superstate with its own military and the suppression of national sovereignty.

Thank God for Brexit, British self-determination and real freedom outside the European Union. https://t.co/v1XuamJJ8R

u2014 Nile Gardiner (@NileGardiner) April 30, 2022

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‘Thank heavens for Brexit!’ Brits blast Brussels over ‘harrowing’ plans to create EU army

Brexit-backing Brits have taken to social media to blast Brussels over “harrowing” new plans to create a joint EU army.

Ex-Belgian Prime Minister and Chair of the EU’s Brexit Steering Group Guy Verhofstadt revealed an EU army had become more likely following the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Conference attendees approved a “radical overhaul of the EU” which would see the bloc end unanimity, abolish the veto and even launch a “Joint Armed Forces of the Union”.

Tory MP and ex-UKIP treasurer Craig Mackinlay said: “Good luck with that.

“Sounds like the bitter end of national democracies, the sending of troops to war under EU direction & with no further vetoes nothing any of the remaining member states can do about it or much else besides.

“Thank heavens for Brexit. We won’t be the last.”

Good luck with that. Sounds like the bitter end of national democracies, the sending of troops to war under #EU direction & with no further vetoes nothing any of the remaining member states can do about it or much else besides. Thank heavens for #Brexit. We wonu2019t be the last. https://t.co/46gLSMi8HQ

u2014 Craig Mackinlay MP (@cmackinlay) April 30, 2022

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Expats could have to pay £1100 for new Spanish test

According to USwitch, passing your driving test in Spain is almost double the cost in the UK and averages between £700 and £1100.

Although the driving lessons are slightly cheaper, taking your theory is £50 more expensive than the UK and Spanish tests also require registration fees alongside a copy of your health documents.

Until May 1, Britons living in Spain were able to use their DVLA-issued licences.

Every other European country has now agreed a post-Brexit deal apart from Spain.

Expats could have to pay £1100 for new Spanish test (Image: GETTY)

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