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Declaration by HMA Simon Manley, British Ambassador to Spain, on the outcome of the mandate

, British Ambassador to Spain, today provided a statement to the English-language media in Spain which serves British nationals residing in the nation.

He said:”I am very aware from the concerns that we have been getting that some Britons residing in Spain doubt about exactly what the Referendum result implies for them.

“As the Prime Minister has stated, there is no instant change. You still have precisely the very same rights. You can still live and work here, take a trip back and forth in the same method, and access Spanish health care and other civil services simply as in the past.

“There is no change to your residency status, nor any need for visas for travel to other EU nations, and you don’t have to alter your passport. Your pension rights continue.

“Leaving the EU will be a steady procedure. The Prime Minister will continue to do his job for the next 3 months. The UK will just begin settlements with the European Union after we have a new Prime Minister in October.

“He or she will have to decide when to begin the process of leaving the EU. The settlements could take two years or more and until they are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union.”

A videoclip from the Ambassador can be discovered on Twitter at @ukinspain and on the British Embassy Madrid’s Facebook page