Left to right: Jason Moore, Humphrey Carter, Simon Manley, Lloyd Milen and Lucy Gorman. | Jaume Morey


The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, told the Bulletin today that, while Britons living in Spain should get registered with their local town halls and make sure their status in the country is legal, there is no need to be worried about the future because the United Kingdom is withdrawing from the European Union.

Manley, visiting the authorities in Majorca and Ibiza, was accompanied by the Consul General, Lloyd Milen, and the Vice-Consul to the Balearics, Lucy Gorman, during the interview at the Bulletin offices in Palma and he spoke confidently about a UK out of the EU.

He admitted that he fully understands that certain sections of the British community in Spain are concerned about what may happen but he made it clear that the British Embassy and Consular service in Spain, the largest network the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has in the world, is doing everything it can to make sure that the UK, and Spain, get the best deal. "One has to remember that, while there are a sizeable number of Britons living in Spain, the Spanish community in the UK is very large and is continuing to grow, so we need to come up with solid solutions which are going to be in everybody’s interests.

"What we have welcomed is that associations and groups have been set up by Britons wanting to either defend their rights or just share their concerns because, more often than not, they are coming to us and quite often they are raising issues that we are not aware of.

"So, this is a great way for us to tap in to what Britons are really thinking and use that feedback to inform the British government, the new ministry in charge of leaving Europe and of course, the FCO, about what the real concerns of the British community are.

"We can in fact gather more information from these groups than at any of the many forums we have been holding around the country, so this is proving very positive. But a complex process lies ahead of us and we’re working in the best interests of every one."