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Spanish PM warns leaving EU would mean Brits lose right to free movement

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy today warned that a vote to leave the EU would mean British citizens would lose the right to move freely around Europe.

Speaking to EFE, a Spanish international news agency, Prime Minister Rajoy said:

"I have no doubt whatsoever, as I have repeatedly stated, that it would be very negative if the United Kingdom left the European Union. Negative for everybody, for the United Kingdom, for Spain, and for the European Union.

"But, above all, it would be very negative for British citizens: the European Union is based, ever since its foundation, on the principles of freedom of movement of people, goods, services, and capitals.

"Leaving the European Union would mean that British citizens would lose their right to move freely, work and do business within the largest economic area, the largest market in the world.

"Over 100.000 Spanish citizens work and live in the United Kingdom. Over 400.000 British citizens work and live in Spain.

"If the United Kingdom left the European Union, it would be very negative for everyone and from every perspective."