‘Con­cerned’ about the British

Con­sular team vis­its Va­len­cia and Mur­cia

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Va­len­cia’s pres­i­dent Ximo Puig told the UK’s Am­bas­sador in Spain, Si­mon Manley that he was ‘con­cerned about the fu­ture of British peo­ple’ liv­ing in the re­gion.

By Dave Jones VA­LEN­CIA’S pres­i­dent Ximo Puig met the UK’s Am­bas­sador in Spain, Si­mon Manley and his con­sular team on Mon­day.

Sr Puig told Mr Manley that he was ‘con­cerned about the fu­ture of British peo­ple liv­ing in the re­gion af­ter the UK leaves the Euro­pean Union’.

How­ever, at the same time, he said British res­i­dents should not fear any ‘de­lib­er­ate ne­glect’ from his coali­tion gov­ern­ment ‘above all where front­line pub­lic ser­vices are con­cerned, par­tic­u­larly health’.

“We have al­ways said that we re­gret­ted that de­ci­sion (to leave) but at the same time we know that have to share a com­mon fu­ture,” he stated.

Sr Puig told the Am­bas­sador that Va­len­cia ‘has spe­cial af­fec­tion for the UK’ and re­minded him that a third of all the Bri­tons liv­ing in Spain have cho­sen this re­gion.

He added: “Our econ­omy in the Va­len­cia re­gion has suf­fered since the UK voted to leave the EU but in some sec­tors the re­la­tion­ship re­mains strong.”

‘Fun­da­men­tal’ sec­tors for trade with the UK are the food in­dus­try, ceram­ics and the shoe in­dus­try, he noted.

He said he hoped that the UK par­lia­ment would pass the Brexit agree­ment so the re­gion will be able to trade freely with Bri­tain.

Sr Puig also said that he would try to en­sure that British tourists do not need a visa to visit the re­gion.

Mr Manley un­der­lined the very close re­la­tion­ship which ex­ists be­tween the UK and the Va­len­cia re­gion.

He stated that Bri­ton was the se­cond largest in­vestor in the re­gion in 2017.

“We want to con­tinue with the strong ties which link us,” he said.

Sr Puig is set to travel to Lon­don on Mon­day to meet with Spain’s am­bas­sador to the UK to dis­cuss the im­pli­ca­tions of Brexit for the Va­len­cia re­gion.

He will also meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Va­len­cian peo­ple liv­ing in Bri­tain.

Sr Puig also re­vealed that a con­fer­ence on Brexit will take place in Ali­cante on Fe­bru­ary 8 ‘with all the sec­tors who are im­pli­cated’ tak­ing part.

Mur­cia’s pres­i­dent Fer­nando López Mi­ras met Mr Manley and his team on Tues­day.

They dis­cussed the ‘op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges’ of Brexit.

They both urged British cit­i­zens liv­ing in Mur­cia to make sure they have signed on the mu­nic­i­pal reg­is­ter (padrón) and are of­fi­cially res­i­dent in Spain.

Am­bas­sador Si­mon Manley and Con­sul Sarah-Jane Mor­ris with Ximo Puig on Mon­day

The Am­bas­sador in Mur­cia on Tues­day

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