What is your line of business? Do you have British clients?
As one of the major telecommunications companies here in Spain, we have many British clients. They want fast and reliable internet connections to their families in the UK and, of course, they do want their British TV.
Do you think Brexit will have an impact on your business?
Two years ago I would say that 80 – 90% of our clients were British but now it’s probably down to around 40% so, whether it’s due to Brexit I don’t know, but the number of British clients has dropped considerably and continues to drop so there is already a change in our market.
If it’s not due to Brexit why do you think this is?
It is undoubtedly indirectly related to Brexit. In my line of work there is a lot of competition and it’s all a question of price. The British are being rather more careful with their disposable income now that the exchange rate is so poor for them but if it picks up, I hope business will too although I have heard of some who are thinking of leaving Spain as a result of Brexit.
How did you, as a Spaniard, react to the Brexit result?
It was as much a shock result for us as for the British I imagine. I don’t see it as being a good thing for Spain, I can only envisage negative repercussions. We have had our own share of political problems last year here in Spain and, of course, we are only just seeing the end of the financial recession that has us all, it is important to remain positive and trust our politicians to do the best for our countries. We have good relations with the UK and I don’t think that will change.