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It was a full house at the English Library on October 18 when over 50 residents attended the meeting UK and Spain: Beyond Brexit when the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy, Mr Tim Hemmings accompanied by Charmaine Arbouin, the Consul for Southern Spain and the Canary Islands and Helen Keating, vice-consul in Tenerife.

He outlined the current negotiations in as far as was relevant, stressing how many areas of agreement there were now between the British Government and the EU team. He assured people that the rights of British people who had chosen to live abroad was genuinely the UK government’s number one priority before opening up the floor to questions.

After the meeting the general feeling was that people’s principal questions had been answered and were grateful for the chance to meet with the Embassy representative. For his part Mr Hemmings stressed the importance of keeping the consul and the Embassy up to date on the public’s concerns about the negotiations as, given the large number of Britons living in Spain, the UK government do pay particular attention to the views coming from this country.