Expats guide to Spanish life – British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, on Brexit

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Simon Manley speaking on Captial Radio Credit: Capital Radio via Twitter

Living in Spain can bring with it an array of issues which may not have been encountered when living in the UK.

There are lots of things to consider, and we are here to help try to make the transition and life in Spain a little easier by compiling a series of helpful facts and figures relating to a variety of topics.

*The UK Government has been clear that citizens are top priority in the March 2019 Brexit negotiations. British Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley said the goal is ‘an agreement that provides citizens with greater certainty about their future’.

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*The first key element of the new proposal is residence status and working rights. Until the UK’s exit, EU citizens in the UK will continue to enjoy all the rights they currently have under EU law; they can continue to live and work in the UK just as they do now.

”The same rights also apply to you, British residents in Spain.  You can continue to live and work here in Spain as you always have done,” said Manley.

*In an open letter to British citizens, the ambassador said: “I appreciate that this is a period of uncertainty and many of you have questions and want more advice for UK nationals living in Spain. We want to help you prepare for all scenarios and further relevant information will continue to be made available on www.gov.uk/government/brexit

*British nationals living in Spain are advised to follow the special Living in Spain guide on www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain

While the government continues to negotiate EU exit, expatriates are advised to:

– Make sure they are correctly registered as a resident in Spain,

– Read essential information at the following website address:

www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-british-nationals-travelling-and-living-in-europe

– Follow the British Embassy, Madrid on Facebook and Twitter

– Sign up for email alerts on the Living in Spain site

*Brexit is the most important issue Britain has faced in recent decades, according to Manley. He said the most difficult aspect of withdrawal was the issue over the border with the Republic of Ireland.

*The Ambassador to Spain wants Britain to be the EUs main partner after it leaves the bloc. He revealed he wants the UK to have a ‘close’ and ‘positive’ relationship with the EU while speaking about Brexit negotiations during a meeting organised by Spain’s International University of La Rioja (UNIR).

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