By Euro Weekly News Media • 28 July 2016 • 15:01
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON: Brexit talks on Mallorca.
“EU negotiations are a bit like playing poker,” mused British Consul General Lloyd Milen at a community meeting hosted by Calvia Council on Tuesday (July 26) to discuss the result of the Brexit referendum.
Mr Milen promised that the concerns of British people living in Spain would be addressed by the British Government.
He reassured listeners that it would be two years at least before Brexit actually happens, that the rights of British nationals living in Spain hadn’t changed and “would be maintained”.
He also emphasised the importance of obtaining information from official sources and not listening to gossip in the local bars and supermarkets.
The floor was opened to the public who expressed concerns over work permits and pensions, with one angry resident saying he felt “let down” by the result, was frustratingly not allowed to vote, and threatened to “tear up his British passport”.
Milen said that all concerns over Spanish National Health issues should be directed to his specialist team in the Consulate who deal with such matters.
It was a welcome and much needed input from the Consulate, particularly with the government tending to keep its cards very close to the chest, and the meeting ended on a lighter note with a comparison to TV sitcom “Dad’s Army” with one wit telling everyone to “keep calm and carry on!”
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By way of introduction, my name is Nigel Nelson. I am a member of the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners, as well as a Director of the International Consortium of British Pensioners. Worldwide, there are over 560,000 UK pensioners living in countries like Australia and Canada who do not receive an annual uprating to their UK state pension. As a result of Brexit, there are a further 476,000 UK pensioners living in the EU who may not receive the annual indexation to their UK state pension – over 108,000 live in Spain. The two lobby groups with which I am associated with have been working for a number of years to try to persuade the UK government to annul this unfair and discriminatory practice. I would like the opportunity of keeping your readers up to date during the Brexit process, by writing a number of articles for your media.
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