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Ex-pats in Canaries urged to keep up with Brexit news 

Tim Hemmings, Deputy Head of Mission to Spain, has been on a visit to the Canary Islands to speak at a number of events about the progress of Brexit negotiations and the future relationship between the UK and Spain.

The main focus of the visit was the subject of citizens’ rights and how that is one of the main priorities for the British Government in the negotiations with the EU.

The agenda included visits to the British School of Gran Canaria, and different venues in Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife, where Tim Hemmings delivered the speech “The UK and Spain: Beyond Brexit” and met with local authorities, businesses and British citizens living in the islands.

Talking about the status of citizens, Tim Hemmings said: “We want to provide as much certainty as possible to the million UK nationals who live in the EU, including the many thousands of British people who have made their home in the Canary Islands. “

“We know that there are a range of areas where citizens on both sides are seeking clarity, ranging from residency rights to healthcare and pensions. Good progress has already been made in the negotiations and we are listening carefully to the concerns of British nationals across Spain, and my visit to the Canary Islands aimed to ensure that these issues are included in the discussions. Our goal is that people should be able to continue living their lives broadly as before. “

“I would advise people living in the Canaries to follow our social media channels for updates, including our Brits in Spain Facebook page, and to sign up for alerts from the gov.uk page to ensure you are getting accurate information.”

Advice for UK citizens living in the EU can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-british-nationals-travelling-and-living-in-europe