Carlos Alonso, Tenerife’s president said that the UK market was the largest source of tourism for the island and that the Canarian Government wants to maintain the “fruitful relations with our British friends- acknowledging that British tourism is vital to his region.
The plan would involve negotiation with both the Spanish government and the EU to strike a deal to provide special conditions for the Canaries, an autonomous state from Spain.
Mr Alonso said: “The aim is to maintain the existing conditions and relations between the Canaries and the UK and therefore exclude the Canaries and Tenerife from the effects of Brexit.”
The Canaries already benefit from special measures and exemptions in EU policies, including agricultural policies, fiscal and commercial policies.
Alonso added: “Our bid will maintain free movement, trade, services and capital between the island and Britain post-Brexit, and allow the islands to deal with the UK as a third-party country.”
The regions president wants to keep relations with Britain the same as they are after Brexit.
He went on: “We are asking that we be able to maintain the current framework we have with the UK, with free movement of goods, of services, including tourism, of people and of capital, which is in the mutual interest of both parties.”