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Brexpats press ambassador on the lack of official information

Manley, centre, listened to a range of concerns put forward by British residents.
Manley, centre, listened to a range of concerns put forward by British residents. / D. Finch
  • Representatives from Brexpats in Spain put their concerns to the ambassador following the forum on Friday

British ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, sat down with representatives from Brexpats in Spain following the forum on Friday and heard a wide range of concerns affecting British people resident in Spain.

While he could offer few concrete answers given that negotiations are in still at an early stage, he accepted that the lack of information was a problem.

Brexpats president, Anne Hernandez, told Manley that she felt the Home Office document issued on EU citizens’ rights was “deliberately vague”and that the government’s lack of information was driving “speculation and rumours” on social media.

Committee members also highlighted the public’s reluctance to consult some official sources, such as the website gov.uk, especially the “particularly vulnerable”, namely the elderly who have no internet access.

Manley, for his part, said it was important to “correct these bar room myths” but also for British residents to “get their house in order” by registering on the ‘padrón’. Those most at risk, he said, were “those living outside the legal framework”, especially in terms of taxation.