Brexit: the hopes and fears

Am­bas­sador Manley to meet ex­pats groups and re­gional pres­i­dent in Va­len­cia on Mon­day

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By Jack Troughton BRI­TISH Am­bas­sador Si­mon Manley meets ex­pat groups on Mon­day to gauge the re­ac­tion to the Brexit deal struck be­tween the UK and the Euro­pean Union last week­end.

The diplo­mat is trav­el­ling to Va­len­cia to take a litmus test on how the con­tro­ver­sial with­drawal agree­ment and the ‘fu­ture re­la­tion­ship’ sits with peo­ple Bri­tish peo­ple who have made their home in Spain.

He will also be meet­ing with re­gional Pres­i­dent Ximo Puig with the same tar­get.

The open let­ter penned by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May promis­ing to 'hon­our' the June 2016 ref­er­en­dum – which trig­gered the process to leave the EU next March ­ will also be dis­cussed.

Ex­pat cam­paign groups will ex­plain their mem­bers’ views to Mr Manley at the meet­ing; how­ever, they also urge peo­ple to send per­sonal views to the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Madrid or to the con­sulates across Spain.

Mar­garet Hales MBE, the spokesman for ECREU (Ex­pat Ci­ti­zens Rights in EU) be­lieves the sum­mit is a golden op­por­ tu­nity to air hopes and fears about Brexit.

“Our am­bas­sador Si­mon Manley wants to know what peo­ple think of the deal agreed in Brus­sels last week­end and the Theresa May let­ter – peo­ple who have any thoughts can also send their re­ac­tions to Mr Manley,” she said.

“We are very lucky to have Mr Manley, con­sul Sarah­Jane Mor­ris in Ali­cante and her team, who have been work­ing on our be­half and feed­ing our views back to Lon­don.”

The let­ter, signed by the premier, was dated Novem­ber 24 on 10, Down­ing Street notepa­per, and has been cir­cu­lated via the gov.uk web­site to Spain. Mrs May ex­plains her 'clear mis­sion' to de­liver Brexit and se­cure a 'brighter fu­ture' for the UK by achiev­ing a good deal. She pledged: “Through­out the long and com­plex ne­go­ti­a­tions that have taken place over the last year and a half, I have never lost sight of that duty.

“It will be a deal that is in our na­tional in­ter­est – one that works for our coun­try and all of our peo­ple, whether you voted ‘Leave’ or ‘Re­main’.”

And the prime min­is­ter said the pro­posed deal – which has yet to be ap­proved in the Houses of Par­lia­ment – also pro­tects ex­pats liv­ing in the EU’s re­main­ing 27 mem­bers and in the UK.

She wrote: “EU ci­ti­zens who have built their lives in the United King­dom will have their rights pro­tected, as will UK ci­ti­zens liv­ing else­where in the EU.”

Un­der­lin­ing that Bri­tain will al­ways be al­lies with its Euro­pean “friends” and fight or­gan­ised crime and ter­ror­ism, she said: “The deal will en­sure that se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion will con­tinue, so we can keep our peo­ple safe.”

Mrs May said she was de­ter­mined to achieve a Brexit deal that worked for ev­ery part of the coun­try: “For Eng­land, Scot­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land, for our Over­seas Ter­ri­to­ries like Gi­bral­tar, and also for the Crown De­pen­den­cies.”

Say­ing it was a deal for a “brighter fu­ture”, the prime min­is­ter also urged peo­ple to “seize the op­por­tu­nity” and be­gin a new chap­ter.

And ahead of Par­lia­ment’s “mean­ing­ful vote” on the deal, she promised: “I will be cam­paign­ing with my heart and soul to win that vote and to de­liver this Brexit deal, for the good of our United King­dom and all of our peo­ple.”

HM Am­bas­sador to Madrid Si­mon Manley

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