Bremainers Post Lockdown Dreams

Bremainers Post Lockdown Dreams

We asked our members what they are looking forward to after lockdown ends in Spain – not just the big things, but the little things too. The response was overwhelming, so many thanks to everyone that responded.

Let’s hope we don’t have too long a wait for a safe return to the lives we miss, in the country we love.

EATING OUT

Go for a walk on the beach and meet friends at the Chiringuitos. The businesses will need our help.

“A 10€ menu del dia at one of our local bars/restaurants”

“Horchata”

“A couple of Spanish coffees and doing some people watch”

“Going for a cafe cortado at Pepe’s!”

“Ok – we probably still have a good 4 to 6 weeks lockdown so let’s not get carried away 🙂 but it’s nice to dream about going for a Chinese”

“I’m going out to my favourite bar to get absolutely hammered!”

“Going for aperitivos on a terraza in the sun and then heading off for a nice paella lunch each Sunday”

“Go to the bar for breakfast”

“Coffee with friends”

“Have a decent cup of coffee for 1€-“

“Going out for my normal coffee and a chat”

“Walk down to our beachfront and have a coffee”

“Coffee at our local bar Meeting up with friends. Normal life”

“Ladies who Lunch!”

FAMILY

Things will never go back to the way they were but priority will be to hug the people that matter and then hug the ones that didn’t matter so much before but do now.

Being able to kiss and cuddle my mother

“Seeing our family especially our grandchildren who are always here with us usually. We will have missed many birthdays including mine so looking forward to a big celebration in the garden”

“Seeing my parents, and brother, sister in law and nephew”

“Seeing my family”

“Travelling to UK to see my new grandson, feeling the beach between my toes, giving my perros a good walk, going to a bar to eat and drink, chatting face to face with friends. Apart from number one the rest are in no particular order”

“Hugging my grand-children and family”

“To hug my daughter who is an ICU nurse doing 2 consecutive shifts per day… living unthinkable situations and risking her life and to see my husband go to his office where he has been a dedicated employee for over 30 years. He was given ERTE less than 24 hours after lockdown”

“To meet up with family for lots of hugs”

“Hugs with family and friends”

“Giving my grandchildren the biggest hug ever”

“Visit my 83 year old Mum only 30kms away”

“As soon as it’s safe I’m jumping on a plane to Madrid to give my nan and my parents a tight hug. I’m hoping that they all (especially my nan) are still there to receive by the time I can make it”

I can’t wait to see my kids and my 20 month old granddaughter. She picked up my son’s phone today, gave it to him and said grandma for the first time because she wanted to video chat with me as we do every day. I’m really looking forward to hearing her say Grandma in person

Flying to the UK to hug my children. One of whom is a front-line NHS doctor, and just recovering from the virus.

SOCIALISING

I’m looking forward to seeing the look on my son’s face when he finally sees his friends again. He’s 8 and missing them like crazy!

Going to see my girlfriend.

“Having been ill since the beginning of February, I’m looking forward to seeing my colleagues again”

“Socialise again and be able to continue my cancer treatment”

“Have lunch with our friends!”

“Easy, having a drink with all my friends”

“Having been ill since the beginning of February, I’m looking forward to seeing my colleagues again”

“Socialise again and be able to continue my cancer treatment”

“Have lunch with our friends!”

“Easy, having a drink with all my friends”

“Hugging friends and acquaintances in the local bar”

“To meet up with our friends for drinks and tapas and family in the UK”

Coffee and a good chat with my girlfriends and lunch down on the coast with hubby.

“Meeting up with our wonderful friends and heading off in our motorhome”

“I’m looking forward to visiting friends whom I miss so much!”

“Meeting up with all our friends in San Pedro del Pinatar for the mother of all parties!”

“I’m looking forward to joining my Spangles Harmony Chorus ‘family’ so that we can all sing together again, as it will be a while (although not too long, I hope) before I can see my family in the UK”

“Meeting up with friends”

“Above all meeting friends and family, then the fun things you do with them – going to bars, pubs, restaurants, birthday parties, beaches, fiestas, concerts, football matches, beer festivals”

“Giving all my friends who work in bars, tapas bars and restaurants n Málaga who have become like family to me over the years, the hugest hug ever”

“Going to the wonderful market in Cadiz. Food, drink, social engagement!”

“Go out for a drink and meet friends and family”

“Just meeting our friends, all alive and well, for lunch in our favourite place with our favourite staff there, all alive and well!”

Just hug my friends again- especially those who work in the NHS

Having a community tapas and card-game get-together with the whole village, in the bar…. aka “normal Sunday afternoon.”

Just for someone to put their arm around me and give me a BIG hug.

EXERCISE & OUTDOORS

Taking my wee girl to the park, seeing her play with other kids again, letting her run riot after being cooped up here for so long

Going out, anywhere, with my other half. Whether for a drink, a meal or even just to the supermarket. Just together!

“Walking my dogs, poor things don’t understand what’s happening”

“Looking forward to walk along the beach, and a coffee with friends”

“Walking in the campo with my husband and dogs, paddling in the sea, sand trickling through my toes”

“Walk along the beach, walk in the hillside, go out for tapas with friends”

“Today I made a picnic in the living room, the cats made up for the wasps and ants. I’m looking forward to doing it again, in the mountains or on the beach, once this is over…

“Hiking in the mountains”

“Sailing my little dinghy that was smashed in the last storms but is now repaired and crying to get back into the med”

“We have made a long list, but beach time is high up on it, after walking in the vineyard and forest where we live”

“I had two more rescue dogs due to arrive just as we were locked down. They have been stuck in the rescue ever since, and last Friday, sadly one of my dogs with me was suddenly very ill and had to be put out of his misery. I would really like to get the two new boys here and bring some joy to my remaining hounds and me”

“Going for a walk and having a drink!!”

“Take to the hill”

“Just unlocking the door of my apartment and going onto my balcony to see my view again after so long”

“Just going out for a walk and perhaps a drive to see my special friends in Mijas and Malaga- taking it very steady though”

“Paddling in the waves”

“Going to the beach, which I never do, but because I can’t now, that’s all I want to do”

“Just simply walking along the beach”

“Hoping to be able to go for a long walk on the beach with the dogs, before they are banned again!”

“Go running again! Feel sun on my face”

“Going for a walk in the campo again”

“I bought a 37 year old Italian motorbike in September, been fettling it a bit, can’t wait to go out and give it a proper spin!”

“The freedom just to stroll along the promenade in Sitges or take the train into Barcelona will be very enjoyable”

“Going for a lovely walk with my partner and dogs along the seafront”

“Going for a long walk in the campo”

Just to go out in the sun with my husband, who at 83 has been in isolation for 5 weeks now. Miss his company when shopping, will be amazing to do that together again.

To let my toddler daughter stomp through a park and shout at the ducks. She only just started walking alone a couple of weeks before the lockdown.

“Walking on the beach, the sand between my toes and the sun on face…. followed by a sun downer or two!”

“Getting out on my motorcycle again for a long ride up the coast!”

“Walking the dogs in the mountains and going to my favourite Marbella sushi bar”

“Snorkelling”

“Running naked around the urbanisation singing the Roger Daltry song “I’m Free”

“Taking the dog for a proper walk”

“Seeing the sea again and walking on the sea front!”

“A walk outside and lunch at Nebula”

“I’m going to look at fishes”

“Run and run and run!!!”

“Taking my dog Brigitta training on Saturday mornings in Torre del Mar with the Mets Training Club”

“I can’t wait to take my kids to the beach”

“Go for a walk (the only thing I’m missing so far!)”

“I’m so looking forward to seeing my horses, they are well looked after on their Rancho home, a massive paddock to run around in, food, horsey companions, they have it all. I doubt they have given me much thought, but I will be over the moon, I’ve missed them sooooooo much!”

“To go and see the horses”

“Going for a walk in the local hills!”

“Going for a walk in the beach”

“Some outdoor exercise, followed by a coffee or a copa”

“Taking the kids for a walk on the beach”

“Return to our Canarian dance classes”

“Getting some ozone down the beach without worrying”

“I would love to go on a beautiful beach walk”

“I am looking forward to going for a walk and maybe meeting friends for coffee but no close contact”

“Going for a long walk along the paseo marítimo”

“Just to be out in nature. Hopefully in the Pyrenean air”

“Walking down to the beach for a stroll and lunch”

“Walking my dog on the beach early morning with her friends”

“To walk around the park that is directly across the street from my house”

“I will go for a family picnic at Tibidabo”

“A long walk next to the sea”

“I just want to go shopping together with my partner & stopping off at the café to meet friends. Such simple pleasures”

“For my kids to run around outside and get fresh air and exercise”

“To walk to the beach (5 minutes away, but not visible from our flat) and swim, which I’ve done virtually very day, Summer and Winter, for four years, until lockdown”

“Walking on the beach at dawn”

“Getting in my car and driving to my favourite beach or into the countryside”

“Going for a walk along the Río”

“Take a walk at our beautiful lakes just a few kms up the road, before the tourists descend on them again”

“Crossing the river Minho”

“Going for a swim in the sea”

“Going for a run through the hills of Collserola”

“Read a good book on the beach. The simple pleasures of life!”

“Just to be able to take buster my adorable shitzu for a long walk along the beach or in the woods”

“A walk …anywhere”

Just enjoy the beauty of nature and respect it more than ever.

TRAVELLING

I’m really looking forward to travelling to see my kids AND giving my poor OH some space although he has coped with me really well!!!

“Take a slow journey through Italy, top to toe, from Venice to Sicily, stopping in my favourite places”

“Find someone to look after my animals, drive to a 5 star Hotel in the Algarve, Portugal, put my feet up, and get waited on hand and foot, no expense spared”

Can’t wait to go camping again. All that wonderful outdoors!

GETTING BACK TO SPAIN

Coming back home to Spain to be with my mum and dad.

“I was supposed to be in the UK for 5 weeks but now trapped here so looking forward to getting back to Spain”

“Driving to Spain in our motorhome -we would be there now but for the corona virus. We miss Spain terribly”

“Just visiting Spain again would be nice. I left many years ago, with the thought that I would look forward to returning when I retire. Since then, Brexit made this seem unlikely, and the coronavirus seems to have added to the barriers”

“I am looking forward to returning to my home in Olvera. My son and I were due to fly on 17th March but by then it would have been illegal for our friend to drive the 90 minutes each way to pick us up at Málaga. We are in Scotland and unless the UK Government put in place a lockdown similar to Spain’s I fear it will be a long time before flights resume. Today is Day 22 that Niall and I have been at home”

 

Being able to get to our Spanish home as stuck in UK.

PERSONAL CARE

Getting my hair done!!!

 

“Having my acrylic nails redone, I look like Edward Scissorhands!”

“Definitely going to the barbers immediately. Haircut situation is not so great right now!”

“Having my hair done and getting on a plane to see my family”

“The first thing I’ll do when this is all over is make appointments to look and feel better. Then go for a very, very long walk”

GOING BACK TO WORK

Going back to the job I love & am so lucky to have, playing the violin in an orchestra here & going out for a massive run surrounded by the poppy fields of Castilla under the big blue sky!

“Going back to work!!”

“Getting back to work with my fantastic colleagues and wonderful students”

“We will be able to open up our shop, but as for customers, well that’s another matter”

EVERYTHING ELSE

A walk in countryside, doing my stint in the charity shop and meeting friends. Normality.

“Going for a San Tomasso pizza, getting together with my art and hiking groups”

“Curry, haircut, iced coffee on the beach, helping my daughter move house”

“Getting a new battery for my watch!”

“Getting my hair and nails done, going out for a MDD with friends, going to the library for starters!”

“Putting together a sofa bed from lkea. The first piece is just too heavy to get up the stairs and l obviously can’t get help at the moment”

“A coffee at the beach bar with friends. Walking down to the town. Going out in summer evenings and dancing the night away. Just getting back to having fun in the sun”

“Taking a wander to the beach. A much-needed swim in the sea and hugs for friends at our local mojito bar in a converted VW camper van. Simple pleasures”

“Talk about Brexit”

“Play drums”

“Going to the supermarket without feeling stressed”

“I want to buy a supe-duper fly screen!!!! I’m not going to look at price for one, I’m going to buy the one I fancy”

“Move into my new house”

“Getting out of my prison. Because of my health I have not spoken face to face with anyone for 4 weeks. I am lucky I have a house and garden but I just want to walk out the gate and go to the supermarket”

“Not think going out to my essential work will bring the virus into my husband who is vulnerable”

“To reconnect with real life again!!”

“Keep on learning, working and looking after my love ones”

“To walk on the beach once more have a tea cake and a meal out enjoy the sun once more go to the garden centre too”

“Go for a delicious ‘racion’ in our favourite bar, socialise with other adults and have conversations with people face-to-face, kids to see their friends again, go out dancing, ride my horse, go for trips out in car”

“Lunch in our favourite place with our favourite staff there, all alive and well!”

“Subverting Brexit”

“Going round all the city centre fashion shops, I love that and I’m really missing it, I do that twice a week at least, websites just aren’t the same!

“Going for a really long walk with my dog & taking him to the beach again. The beach is always exciting, even in normal times when he goes quite regularly. I can’t wait to see his reaction when he finally gets to go again. Also, knowing that I can get on a plane to go and see my family in England (or vice versa). They should have been coming here next week”

 

Just to walk on the beach, to meet friends for tapas and watch the world go by, take a trip to the garden centre and buy flowers. Simple things that mean so much.

See my parents and get married. We have had to postpone our May wedding but plan to have a small registry ceremony once this is over and big celebration next year.

Your wonderful responses helped our Chair, Sue Wilson, write an article on life after lockdown for The Local Spain. You can read Sue’s article, based on your comments here: What’s the first thing you’ll do when Spain’s lockdown is lifted?

Bremain Members in Lockdown

Bremain Members in Lockdown

The following selection of statements express, in their own words, some thoughts, anxieties & concerns expressed by Bremain members with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown in Spain.

“I worry that with my husband & I both being over 65, we would not have access to ventilators, should the need arise – they are in short supply & would likely only be offered to younger patients.”

“With my husband still working, I am alone with the kids all day. I am finding it difficult to juggle their schooling with my own work.”

“I am worried about my family in UK – especially my daughter, who has asthma. I would rather the UK had the same tough restrictions we have here.”

“I run a small local business and am not eligible for any of the assistance being offered by the Spanish government, unless I close down the company. I’m worried that if schools remain shut until September it will be very difficult to get back up and running at work, even if there are clients to sell to.”

“I have had 2 trips to the UK cancelled already, & I worry about my elderly mum living in a residential care home. It’s difficult not knowing when, or perhaps if, I will see her again.”

“My main concern is that the UK are not taking things as seriously as Spain, & not enforcing compliance with lockdown. I’m very concerned for older parents/relatives & sad for cancelled visits, but just want them all to stay home and stay well.”

“My main concern is for my mental health at the moment.  Whilst in my house things seem okay, and I appreciate how lucky I am to have a garden, but when I first ventured out to buy bread recently, I felt like a criminal. Now when I go to the supermarket, I feel incredibly sad.”

“I am very worried about my family & friends in the UK, & I hate the fact that I am unable to visit them.”

“Who knows how long the lockdown may last or the long-term effect on so many towns & villages that rely totally on tourism.”

“Living in an apartment, my main concern is for my mental health. I have used running as my main form of exercise to combat it for the last 2 years. Now all we have is a small balcony with 2 hours of sunlight a day.”

“I travel a lot between Spain & UK for business, which has now ground to a halt, causing our small start-up to lose £1000’s in revenue.”

“Although I am used to doing some work from home, it is strange having my wife & son in the house all day, every day. I am concerned mainly for my son’s physical & mental health as despite all our efforts, it is boring for him & he needs fresh air & exercise.”

“The first concern is that family & friends are okay, but I’m also concerned about the impact on the economy & what comes after the virus is over.” 

“I run a hair & beauty salon business, which is currently closed & unable to operate. Waiting for information on government help, while still having to pay rent on the premises, is crippling.”

“I live just across the Portuguese border, & now cannot access facilities in Spain, which I rely on. This has affected my shopping, education, exercise & entertainment.”

“I own a relocation business. Not many people are able to relocate during lockdown & I wonder how long this may continue.”

“It’s difficult living on a development with young children.  We overlook a huge communal area that they usually use often, but they can only stare at now.”

“I am hoping that rapid tests will be available soon as I have had some mild symptoms.”

“We can’t go out to exercise in Spain, quite rightly, yet it’s still happening in the UK.”

“When this is all over, how do we to return to “normal?”. If the infections/deaths reach their peak and we enter a downward trend, then when and how will we begin to lift the restrictions?”  

“I live in La Linea & work across the border in Gibraltar. My company won’t allow working from home. I am not an essential worker, so I get questioned by the police every day and I am scared.”

“My partner is a nursing auxiliary at one of the local hospitals, assigned to A&E, so she’s one of the first people to come into contact with new patients.  The effect of her work on our everyday life has been quite dramatic.  We’re having to keep apart, whether eating, sleeping or watching a TV program.”

“Isolation has left me feeling lonely at times and it has been challenging adapting to working from home, but I think it is the right move and I’m grateful that I can still work.”

“I’ve been made temporarily unemployed from my teaching job so my main concerns are financial. The system is inundated with ERTE applications & my employer has no idea how long it will take for our applications to be processed.”

“My daughter’s education is a worry as there has been no notification of any online classes. Apparently, schools won’t open until June at the earliest.”

“I own an estate agency & my concern is for my staff – we are a close family business, & I worry about their future as well as my own.”

“My boyfriend’s family are from Madrid. His father is recovering from lung surgery & I am extremely concerned for his safety. He is locking himself in his house with his wife & they can’t even leave to go shopping as it would be too risky.”

“Both me & my boyfriend work in hotels – even after the crisis passes, we will not be able to restart our jobs due to all the cancellations. I don’t have a permanent job so am unable to get any financial help.”

“I have worked in tourism all my life. My principal worry is the economic situation. Where I live, almost everyone is involved in tourism & obviously 2020 looks like it will be a nonstarter.”

“I’m self-employed and it was a bit of a shock to wake up & find I had lost all my work.  I love my job & worked hard to build up my business.”

“My young children & I live in a city flat with no garden so it’s really tough for them.”

“It’s a worrying time, I’m a self-employed dog groomer & my husband works in a bar – neither of us can work, we have a young son to feed, with no money coming in & rent to pay.”

“My heart goes out to the many in tourism with small businesses, who, like myself, have now lost every single booking for March & April, with cancellations pouring in on a daily basis for future months too.”

“The Government response is appropriate and necessary! I’m complying with lockdown by using the time to re-connect with my partner & finally get around to all those ‘been meaning to do projects” to improve my home.”  

“I am concerned for my family here who are all worried financially as can no longer work & have young families to support. They are wondering how to pay bills, rent, etc. They are not sure what help they will receive.”

“I am used to working from home but having the kids home from school whilst working at the kitchen table is not ideal. I am trying to make the most of this by enjoying the time I have with my kids & doing craft activities with them.”

“My biggest concern is for my partner & her colleagues who work at a local hospital. We have to keep a safe distance from one another at home, which is not a natural situation.”

“I run a language school, so overnight we were shut down. Getting hundreds of students onto an online platform has been a nightmare. If this doesn’t work & the lockdown continues, I will have to fire all my staff. If we have no income, I don’t know how long we could last.”

 

“As I’d be classed as ‘vulnerable’, I’m grateful for the actions of the Spanish government.”

“The hardest thing is not seeing our family as we are not allowed out.”

“I feel the government here really cares & everyone is working together to try to get through this with as few deaths as possible. I worry about the economic & social after-effects.”

“I feel very relieved to be in lockdown. I feel as though I’m in a much better situation here than many of my family & friends in the UK who see little danger ahead.”

“The UK is depending on the good sense of the public & will get into serious problems resulting in unnecessary deaths. Advice, & reliance on everybody’s good sense is not enough. If speed limits were only advisory many would ignore them. COVID-19 advice is exactly the same, Spain is correct in enforcing the lockdown.”

“Isolation is not a great way to spend the day but it’s preferable to being dead!”

“I’m stuck in UK! I was due back to finalise my residencia in Spain & am now worried I might not manage it before end of year.”

“We all need to pull together and support each other.”

“I am enjoying the clear skies, lack of airplanes & the reduction in pollution.”

“I am concerned about the number of people who are ignoring the guidelines. They are putting others at risk.”

“I feel for those who are lonely and am so sorry for those losing their income & will find it a big struggle. There are a lot of people with worse problems than I have.”

“I miss the physical contact of friends & family. On-line is fine to compensate if you are not able to see them but not all the elderly have this facility.”

“I am bored!”

“I love that people are finding the bright sides. How people behave in crises like these says a lot about them.”

Coronavirus Info & Links

Coronavirus Info & Links

Coronavirus Info & Links

Bremain in Spain has collated a wealth of information and advice to keep you updated throughout the current Coronavirus pandemic.

This information includes basic protective methods, emergency contact numbers, and a host of useful links to reliable sources. There is also advice and suggestions on how to keep your families safe, sane, healthy, and entertained during your quarantine. We will continue to add new and relevant information as the crisis develops and welcome feedback from our members on how to improve our offering. Please stay home, stay connected, and stay safe!

You can download the PDF below.

What Bremainers did on Brexit Day

What Bremainers did on Brexit Day

On Saturday February 01 2020 the Bremain Facebook group took a day off. We stopped all posts and comments but asked members to share pictures and stories from how they had spent by commenting on an admin post. Here’s a flavour of what some of our members got up to:

Mountain Flag

“I climbed a mountain, alone, with “You’ll never walk alone” going round and round in my head. The aim was to make myself really really tired and sleep through all of it. It worked.
It took ages to get a reasonable photo, because it was one of those self timed 10 seconds to run into position jobs. Once I did, I realised I hadn’t put my blue jumper back on, so I had to do it all over again. No easy task considering I was perched on a rocky summit with sheer drops all around.
I took my Cornish flag with me to show solidarity to my Cornish friends who were having a candlelit vigil outside Truro Cathedral.”

“I had some English friends round for dinner and, although there was no conscious agreement not to discuss ‘it’, we chatted about family, cats, holidays, house moves and all sorts of normal things until we realised it was 12.30. I forgot to take photos. I have a sore head this morning. I think it was all good. This was the menu.”

Menu
RW

“We shared a wonderful evening with a bunch of lovely like-minded people in Malaga. (Alcohol was involved!)”

“We were determined to ignore the clock, ignore the event, & have a fun, romantic evening enjoying the life we love in Spain. Mission accomplished.”

SW
SR

“I was in the land of nod when the clock struck 12 😴 Although I never made it to any of the UK marches, I did my bit on the Balcon de Europa in Nerja in support of the London march on 19 October 2019.
Always UNITED IN DIVERSITY”

Grassroots for Europe Conference 25 Jan 2020

Grassroots for Europe Conference 25 Jan 2020

Our chair, Sue Wilson, attended the event along with representatives of 149 other campaign groups. A sell-out audience of 500 were present to enjoy speeches and presentations by well-known activists and journalists.

The day started with a bang with an inspirational speech by journalist Will Hutton and concluded with an emotional rendition, from the entire audience, of Ode to Joy. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

The biggest cheer of the day was for Dominic Grieve, who was clearly moved by the standing ovation and applause he received, before he had even uttered a word. His speech did not disappoint!

Another favourite of the crowd was Mr. Stop Brexit himself, Steve Bray, who received a huge round of applause, and a gift from the grateful hosts. Steve pledged to be outside parliament every Wednesday – PM Q’s day – until the UK is back in the EU.

The overriding themes of the day were as follows:

The government now own Brexit and have to deliver what they promised – the impossible – they will fail
The UK has the strongest pro-EU movement in Europe, which we can build on
The UK will re-join the EU in time, and that must be the long-term goal
The government must be held to account
The UK’s electoral system needs reform, but the next election will be fought under the present, inadequate, first-past-the-post system – likely in 2024

Will Hutton
Dominic Grieve
Steve Bray

As well as presentations in the main hall, there were a number of break-out sessions on a variety of topics: Professor Grayling spoke of a “Democracy in Crisis”; Guardian Columnist, Polly Toynbee and InFacts Editor, Hugo Dixon spoke of “The Post-truth Age”.

Sue joined Elena Remigi of In Limbo Project and Professor Emmy van Deurzen of Voices for Europe to discuss EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU in a session entitled “A hostile environment”. Sue spoke of the issues we face, our invisibility, how we are stereotyped and what’s next for Bremain in Spain. Sue also spoke privately to chairs of the European Movement. Britain for Europe, Best for Britain and the hosts Grassroots for Europe, about how we change the narrative around Brits in the EU.

The final session of the day was entitled “Getting ourselves organised” and included contributions from Naomi Smith, Chair of Best for Britain, Mike Galsworthy of Scientists for Europe, and Steve Bray.

The mood of the crowd, and the contributors, although tinged with sadness, was one of hope and determination. We may be down, we may have lost, but we fought a brave fight, and we are not giving up! It is going to take time, and it is going to be a tough fight, but with the skills we have learned, the connections we have made and the strength and determination of everyone involved, we will get back where we belong – at the heart of Europe.

AC Grayling
Grassroots Conference
Sue Wilson

Below you can watch some videos from the day:

The group also have issued a Press Release which you can read HERE.

Dual Citizenship – can you be a Spanish citizen and a British one?

Dual Citizenship – can you be a Spanish citizen and a British one?

Increasing numbers of British citizens are considering applying for Spanish citizenship – thanks to Brexit. This has led to new demands for the Spanish government to reconsider its position on dual citizenship. There is no sign that the authorities have any such plans in mind, but are they really necessary?

On the British government website, it is clearly stated that, from the UK point of view, ‘you can apply for foreign citizenship and keep your British citizenship.’  Whilst you do have to sign a declaration in Spain denouncing your British citizenship, you would not be asked to hand over your British passport to the Spanish authorities.

In fact, in order to officially renounce your British citizenship, you would need to complete paperwork with the British authorities and pay for the privilege of doing so.

A British Embassy spokesperson said: “Dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality) is allowed in the UK. This means you can be a British citizen and also a citizen of other countries. You can apply for foreign citizenship and keep your British citizenship.

2 passports

However, many countries do not accept dual citizenship. Spain only recognises dual citizenship with a select number of countries who are judged to fulfil the requirement set out in the Spanish constitution of having ‘a close/special relationship with Spain’ e.g. Latin American countries that were previously under Spanish rule. It does not recognise dual citizenship with the UK.

Applying for Spanish nationality is a personal choice and not something the UK government can comment on. We do, however, urge people to consider any implications this may have for them, as they will only be considered Spanish in Spain; although they would be considered a dual national in the UK. We recommend seeking professional legal advice before making the decision.”

 

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As far as the Spanish authorities are concerned, once a Spanish citizen in Spain, you are no longer a citizen of any other country. Were you to continue using your British passport in Spain, you would seriously risk losing your newly acquired Spanish citizenship.

So, as long as you are Spanish whilst in Spain, and do not have a problem with denouncing your British citizenship to the Spanish authorities, then you need not relinquish your British passport or citizenship – at least as far as the British authorities are concerned.

For further information on the subject:

British Government website on Dual Citizenship

The Local Spain article – Do I have to give up my British Passport? 

The Local Spain article – Everything you need to know about applying for Spanish citizenship