Manilva’s Mayor and Councillor for Foreign Residents call for calm after Brexit...

Manilva’s Mayor and Councillor for Foreign Residents call for calm after Brexit result


Dean Shelton and Diego JoseOfficial communication from: Diego José Jiménez Mayor of Manilva & Dean Tyler Shelton, Councillor and representative of the Foreign Residents Department.

We would like to send a crystal clear message to every single British resident or second home owner living in Manilva. You have made our town your home and you are more than welcome to be here, sharing the best of what we have. We are only a small town on the western edge of the Costa del Sol Region of Southern Spain but we would like to take this opportunity to express to you our enormous gratitude for the cultural, economical and social contribution you make to our home. Our sentiment and resolution will not change because of the negative result of the Brexit referendum.

There are well over three thousand British expats currently registered as living in Manilva on a permanent basis, and that’s without going into how many thousands are invested here in one way or another, you all bring huge benefits to our town, investing in businesses, buying homes, paying taxes and social security, working and contributing to our everyday lives and enriching our cultural diversity.

It now falls to us as a community to pick up the pieces and to make sure any changes that may come in time are as painless as possible for you all, whilst hoping there will be few, if any at all. Furthermore it is all of our responsibility to help heal the many divisions that have arisen amongst families, friends and neighbours throughout the whole period of this campaign.

Now we would like to use a common and much used phrase; It’s now time to focus on what unites us, rather than that which divides us.


  1. Thanks for a very clear statement! I am from Sweden and have a property in Spain. I wanted UK to be a part of EU. But let us all do the best for the future!

  2. Thank you for the kind and reassuring message. Newly retired here, it is a privilege to be living in Spain and in this lovely, friendly part of the coast. I am just so sorry that there is so much bitterness and division elsewhere surrounding the events of the last week. I hope we all continue to live in harmony and to support and care for each other irrespective of our nationality, religion or political persuasion.


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