Hugh Elliott./ Photo: Embassy
The Diplomat. 17/10/2018
Hugh Elliott has been appointed new British Ambassador to Spain to replace Simon Manley. Eliott will take office in the summer of 2019, a few months after the UK’s departure from the EU, scheduled for March 30 next year.
“It is an honor for me to have been named as new ambassador of the United Kingdom to Spain as of next summer”, Elliott said through the Embassy’s Facebook account. “It will be a pleasure to return to the country where I occupied my first diplomatic position and to work for a bilateral relationship that is so deep, rich and vital for our two countries”, added the so far Director of Communication and Stakeholders of the Department for Exiting the European Union.
Elliott held the positions of third and second secretary for the EU and Economy at the British Embassy in Madrid between 1991 and 1996. On top of that, and like Simon Manley, the new ambassador is married to a Spanish citizen.
Hugh Elliott will arrive in Spain at a particularly important moment, since, as ambassador, he will have to face the bilateral consequences of Brexit in matters such as the future of Gibraltar and the surrounding countryside, the situation of the 300,000 Britons residing in Spain or the economic relations between the two countries. Companies in the United Kingdom contribute 13% of foreign investment in Spain, just below the United States.
Apart from his future position in Madrid, Hugh Elliott has held several in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), including Director of Communication, Director for Europe and Director of International Agreements. He was also Head of Economic, Political and Strategic Affairs at the British Embassy in Buenos Aires and adviser on Global Issues and Strategic Threats at the British Embassy in Paris.