British expats in Spain will retain their rights for at least two years while Britain negotiates its post-Brexit relations with other European nations, Spain's acting prime minister has said.
Mariano Rajoy said the rights would mirror those afforded to Spanish citizens living in the UK.
"The rights to move freely, to work, pay taxes and get pensions, to invest, vote, or being elected in the local elections of the place where they live will not be affected at least during the next two years," he said.
Mr Rajoy said the Brexit had caused "deep sadness" but said he foresaw a "negotiated and organised procedure" as Britain becomes the first nation to quit the EU.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said there will have to be a "trade-off" on UK access to the EU single market and migration controls.
France's foreign minister called for the UK to trigger the exit clause after a meeting with counterparts of the six EU founding states.
European leaders have reacted to the UK's historic vote to leave the EU.