One third of tourists that visit the Canary Islands come from the UK, and there are many agricultural products from these islands that are exported to the UK. Therefore, 2018 will be a key year in the negotiations between Brussels and London for the UK to leave the European Union in 2019.
The Canary Islands want to reduce any negative consequences that Brexit might have on the economy of these islands, as over half of the 11 million passengers arriving at Tenerife South Airport in 2017 came from the UK, and overall Canary Islands UK tourists account for 34% of all visitors. This raises serious concerns about possible risks to the economy of the Canary Islands due to Brexit.
The Canary Islands’ Government has created an Executive to analyse the effects of Brexit that specifically highlights risks to these islands, which includes representatives of local businesses and unions.
In addition, over half the vegetables exported from the Canary Islands are currently destined for the UK market, but over the last year, exports of these agricultural products to the UK have dropped by 20%.
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