It’s ‘citizens first’ in Brexit talks, ambassador tells expats
The British Ambassador to Spain today reassured British citizens living in Spain that the prime minister Theresa May would put “citizens first” in her Brexit negotiations.
This follows yesterday’s letter from Theresa May to the European Council president Donald Tusk triggering article 50 – the formal process of separating the UK from Europe.
In a Facebook video, the ambassador, Simon Manley, said: “The prime minister has been absolutely clear in her statement to the House of Commons and in her letter to her European colleagues that we want to put citizens first in this negotiation.”
He added: “We want to see an early agreement on the rights of Britons who live here in Spain and other parts of the EU and indeed of those Europeans who live in the UK.”
Mr Manley went on to explain that while the separation negotiations are under way, Britons’ rights as EU citizens in Spain remained unaffected.
“That means your rights to Spanish healthcare, to Spanish education, to live and work here in Spain haven’t changed one bit,” he said.
Mr Manley suggested that British citizens consult the UK government’s Plan for Britain website to keep up to date with developments.
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