UK expats living in Spain are facing weeks of travel chaos after being banned from travel as part of a government mess over licensing.
Tens of thousands of Britons will not be allowed to use their UK licenses on Spanish roads after the two countries failed to reach an agreement.
Holidaymakers will not be affected by the gaffe, but those who have settled in the countryside will not be able to drive.
Sources in Whitehall have accused Spanish bureaucrats of delaying talks and missing the April 30 deadline.
So far, Britons living in the country have been able to use their DVLA-issued licenses, and all other European countries have entered into a post-Brexit deal.
Tory MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith told the Mail on Sunday: ‘It’s a case of ‘Manana, manana. It’s time they took their finger off and did what they agreed.
A UK government source said: ‘It could be a week or longer.
“It should be temporary, but we don’t know to what extent. In the meantime, UK residents living in Spanish hill villages will not be able to drive a car.”
A Foreign Office spokesman added: “A deal to swap UK driving licenses for Spanish licenses has not yet been agreed.
“We have agreed to rapidly accelerate the talks and urge the Spanish government to offer interim measures.”
The error means that British expats must obtain a Spanish driving license before hitting the road in their car.
Málaga-based Sam Britton-Beese said: “It’s ridiculous. Our residency application was still in progress before the deadline, so we were unable to register to exchange.
Linda Rogers, from Coventry, added: “Our home is in the mountains and there’s nothing nearby – I’ve tried to get into a driving school but nothing is available.”