THE head of the Spanish Foreign Office’s global outreach agency has said Spain has the opportunity to expand its role in the EU as Britain prepares to leave in March.
Irene Lozano, Secretary of State for Global Spain, said Spain could become the EU’s “strong third country” after Brexit on Friday March 29. She was speaking at an event organised by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in London during a visit to Britain.
“A strong third country is needed to help advance Europeanism and Spain must occupy that space,” Lozano said.
“Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s activism at a European level shows Spain is back and that it will play in the league that corresponds to it,” Lozano added.
The Global Spain Secretary also called for Britain and Spain to co-operate more closely on the international stage once the latter leaves the EU.
“I firmly believe that Spain and Britain must continue to work hand in hand in the international arena, in Europe and elsewhere,” Lozano said.
“I firmly believe that Spain and the UK must continue to work hand in hand in the international fora, in Europe and elsewhere” Irene Lozano, Minister of State for Global Spain this evening #NYDRSpanishChamber pic.twitter.com/HqWwqBxdQB
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Lozano’s visit to Britain came as part of efforts to promote Spain abroad and boost its global standing, according to Global Spain.