‘Concerned’ about the British
Consular team visits Valencia and Murcia
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