British Ambassador Kate Smith left the Athens Embassy for her first ‘Official Visit" to Crete last week.
Ms Smith managed to visit three of the four prefecture capitals. She started out in Heraklion with an official, if private dinner on Monday 23rd at the famed Museum to a gathering of about 100 attendees.
Ms Smith gave her keynote address to the invited local government officials, members of the chambers and the usual establishment folks and yes, Claire our Crete Vice Consul, along with a select few brit ‘locals’.
You are to be re-assured that British long term residents on Crete will continue as now, post Brexit (or words to that effect) was Ms Smith’s message. The re-assuring tone, follows a similar announcement in Spain for Brits there a few days before.
Then it was off to other official functions in Rethymnon and Chania. The latter on Thursday included a post-lunchtime gathering meant for local Brit residents to interact. While it was very heavily raining that day, I have not heard the event was halted?
As I am at the other end of the island, it did seem a slight that for example members of the INCO international organisation in AgNik were not given a chance to meet the Hon. Ambassador?
There is always another time, I guess.
Anyway, it seems that we (those of us with residency in Greece) are to be re-assured that we will have a transparent and straightforward glide through March 29, 2019 – Brexit day. Let us hope that the Greek bureaucratic wheels don’t kick in with endless paper chasing and expensive approvals….