New British ambassador in Portugal: working to a constructive relationship
The new British Ambassador to Portugal, Christopher Sainty, is promoting a warm and constructive relationship between the United Kingdom and Portugal for the foreseeable future. On a recent visit to Algarve, and according to the Portugal Resident website, he urged British expats living in Portugal having yet to legally register themselves to do so as quick as possible.
Sainty said that “there is no reason not to do [the register] and every reason to do it”, as the Brexit deadline of 29th March 2019 approaches. British might have to prove their residency later. The ambassador adds that it’s “a simple process” and all the information is also available at www.gov.uk/world/portugal.
The relationship with the Portuguese authorities
Sainty also says that, while the Brexit process makes the work extremely hard for every British diplomat working in EU countries in these days, the Portuguese case is a simple one. “The Portuguese government has been extremely constructive and supportive in the efforts to reach a good agreement over Brexit”, he said, adding that he considers himself “quite fortunate” to be in this country right now.
The ambassador added that a Brexit deal is in the interest of both sides, the UK and the EU, and so the expectations that an agreement will be reached are high, in spite of the latest developments.
The Portuguese authorities that met the new ambassador stated that they regret the British decision to leave, while deeply respecting which was a democratic decision.
Meeting president Marcelo
Christopher Sainty formally presented his ambassador credentials on Monday, October 1st, and was received by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The president is by far the most popular politician in Portugal and Sainty noted the charm and affection during their private conversation.