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New UK Ambassador to Spain gets behind his office desk in Madrid

Hugh Elliott.
Hugh Elliott. / SUR
  • Brexit was in the spotlight in Hugh Elliott's first address, as he anticipated a new phase in the historic bond between Britain and Spain

Hugh Elliott made his first address as British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra on Wednesday, having succeeded Simon Manley this month.

Markedly topical, Brexit was a repeated theme throughout the speech over social media; Elliott acknowledged the fast-approaching 31 October deadline and, in diplomatic style, expressed his anticipation of a new phase of the “vibrant bilateral relationship” between Spain and Britain, upon the UK leaving the European Union.

Emphasising the entrenched bonds between the two nations, the British Ambassador cited the “extraordinary” wealth of cultural, commercial and personal links.

Elliott’s first address adopted a notably personal touch, as the ambassador explained how Spain was his first destination as a young diplomat in the 90s. Elliott’s individual ties to Spain extend further, having met his Spanish wife, Maria Antonia, while working at the University of Salamanca as an English professor, before his two children were born in Madrid.

Elliott expressed his pride in representing Britain and Queen Elizabeth II, concluding that he looked forward to “strengthening the links between two great countries”.

Elliott will shortly present his credentials to King Felipe VI.