Monday 16th October saw our Agora host The UK and Spain: Beyond Brexit. The British Embassy's Deputy Head of Mission to Spain, Mr Tim Hemmings, flew in from Madrid to deliver an update on Britain's withdrawal from the EU. He was particularly keen to speak directly to the public without his views and news being filtered through traditional media sources.
On the whole, the mood was upbeat. Mr Hemmings said that British and Spanish governments were committed to safeguarding the privileges enjoyed by UK nationals in Spain and vice versa. He hoped Britain's "divorce" from the EU would be relatively painless and pointed to the fact both parties agreed with each other more than they disagreed about future roles and responsibilities.
Answering questions from concerned expats in the audience, Mr Hemmings did his best to reassure those present although he warned the future was still uncertain. The sticking point, he insisted, was money. Which, to knowing murmurs from the crowd, Mr Hemmings stated was always the way.