Britons living in Spain barred from Madrid flight in post-Brexit travel row

British embassy says ‘this should not be happening’ after airline staff claim pre-Brexit ID documents are invalid

British residents flying home to Spain were prevented from boarding a joint BA/Iberia flight to Madrid on Saturday night after airline staff said their pre-Brexit residency papers were no longer valid.

A total of nine people weren’t allowed to board at Heathrow, among them journalist and photographer Max Duncan, who was told his green residency paper was no longer valid, even though both the Spanish and British governments have said both the old Foreign National Identification (NIE) document and the new Foreign ID Card (TIE) remain valid.

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