Simon Manley

UK and Spain: Building a bilateral relationship for post-Brexit Europe


4 November 2016


About the speaker: Simon John Manley CMG is a British diplomat and an expert in International Relations who became Ambassador to Spain in 2013.

Before his posting to Madrid, Mr Manley was Director Europe at the FCO, responsible for policy toward the EU, the UK’s bilateral relations with its European partners, and the FCO’s network of 57 European posts. He served previously at the FCO’s Defence and Strategic Threats Division, the UK’s Mission to the United Nations in New York, and the European Commission. Mr Manley was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009. He read Modern History at Magdalen College, and International Relations at Yale University Graduate School.

About the event: The Ambassador lectured on the past, present and future of the relationship between the UK and Spain. He noted the significant progress made in the past decade in economic, social and cultural integration, addressed the challenges and opportunities of a post-Brexit scenario and argued for the possibility of finding new ways of bilateral collaboration between the countries outside the European Union.


The Madariaga Series would like to thank the Ambassador for sharing his experiences and interesting views with us. We would also like to thank Magdalen College for hosting the lecture.


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