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British ambassador calms fears of a 'no-deal Brexit' in open letter

British ambassador calms fears of a 'no-deal Brexit' in open letter

Simon Manley said that the British government "does not expect" there to be no deal upon exiting the EU in March 2019

Daryl Finch

Monday, 17 September 2018, 11:22

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British ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, issued an open letter to British citizens on Friday to allay fears of a 'no-deal Brexit'. This came after the UK government published a series of technical notices on a range of areas including rights for students and tourists, driving licences, imports and exports, taxation and farming to help businesses and citizens prepare in the "unlikely" event of a no deal upon exiting the EU in March 2019.

Manley was keen to stress that "the Government does not want, nor does it expect, a no deal outcome in the negotiations" but that "as a responsible government, we must prepare for all eventualities".

That said, Manley said that he was "confident" that the UK negotiating team could reach a "positive and ambitious deal with the EU - an outcome that is in the interests of both the UK and the EU, and in the interest of both British and EU citizens".

Manley added: "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 gov.uk over the coming weeks."

To that end, he said: "Both the Embassy and Consulates will continue with the outreach events that we have planned throughout Spain, with some 20 such events planned between now and the end of the year, and ensure that your questions and concerns are shared with the relevant UK government departments."

Manley directed British nationals living in Spain to follow the Living in Spain guide on gov.uk, and to follow the Brits in Spain social media channels, including on Facebook.

"Both I and our UK in Spain consular teams will continue to share with you what we know, when we know it, to provide you with as much clarity as possible," Manley concluded.

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