Exiting department number two meets with British residents in Spain

Robin Walker, Simon Manley and expat group representatives.
Robin Walker, Simon Manley and expat group representatives. / SUR
  • Robin Walker was in Madrid last week to talk with Spanish government officials as well as representatives of expat groups

The Minister at the Department for Exiting the EU, Robin Walker, was in Madrid last week to meet with Spanish government ministers, UK Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, and members of the business community. He also took part in a roundtable discussion on citizens' rights with spokespeople from groups representing UK nationals in Spain.

Members of Brexpats in Spain and other citizens' groups attended the meeting at the Embassy where they discussed issues including health and social care, outreach and communications.

Brexpats in Spain president, Anne Hernandez, who attended the meeting said, "We said the time had come for specific information, not the repeated platitudes we keep being offered and Mr Walker did admit that they were not enough to reassure us. As a group of representatives we said we were very disappointed that the UK government had not engaged with us more fully at an earlier stage and for ignoring our requests for meetings with the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU and Theresa May. Another point he said he would take back."

Walker said, "I want British expats in Spain to know that, during my meetings, I have underlined how valued and significant it would be if the Spanish Government now offered them the same reassurance."

Simon Manley said that as negotiations continue, both the Embassy and consulates "will continue with the outreach events planned through Spain, with some 20 over the year." He urged Britons to ensure they are correctly registered and stay up to date with the latest news by signing up for email alerts, visiting the Living in Spain guide on, and following the Brits in Spain social media channels, including Facebook.